This is a post by BargainBabe.com writter Yazmin Cruz.
I asked you to share how the recession has affected your financial situation for a chance to win Lorilee Craker’s and my review post was flooded with comments. Many of you said you’ve cut down on frivolous things and are trying to save money on groceries. In need of coupons? Check out our Coupon Database to find all grocery and drugstore coupons available.
The first runner-up is Andrea Stempel who said her husband’s salary has been cut and they have been struggling to make ends meet for their family of six. The second runner-up is Christine Judd who recently graduated from college and is having a difficult time finding a job.
It was difficult picking the winner as there were many compelling stories, but I finally declared
Alison P. the winner because she’s turned saving money into a family affair. She wrote:
Since I am a family of three, and my parents live close to my home, we combine resources and cook dinner together. I plan, shop, and cook for two weeks out of the month and my mom shares the duties the other two weeks. We have been sharing cooking duties for two years now and it really helps to budget food costs for the month.
Alison, you are going to enjoy reading this because it’s not a typical money-book. It’s filed with the stories and life lessons of Amish people Craker interviewed. These life lessons are passed on to the next generation and I hope you’ll do the same. The book will also teach you how to pay down debt, delay gratification, and shop secondhand. Please send me an with your mailing address within 48 hours so I can mail your book.
If you didn’t win my review copy, but would like to read it check it out at your local library or buy it on for $10.87 (orig. $15.99).