Friday, December 12, 2008

Review: Molly's Money-Saving Digest

I know that I usually post my reviews over at Homeschool Hollow, but since this is a great product for anyone running a household, I thought some of my readers here might be interested in hearing about it.

The folks over at The Old Schoolhouse are starting a new project aimed to help “keepers at home” live more frugally while faithfully serving their families and friends. I’ve had the opportunity over the last couple of days to preview the premier issue of their new monthly periodical, Molly’s Money-Saving Digest and its accompanying website, Econobusters.

In today’s tough economic times, it seems that we could all use a little help now and then with our home finances. Enter Molly Green! Molly is the bargain-hunting, money-saving, frugal-living character who offers advice and encouragement to those of us who could use it. It may seem a bit presumptuous, but I would guess that we could all use it from time to time!

The periodical is in the form of an ebook and will be, in its final form, more than 40 pages long…chock full of great ideas for decorating and entertaining on a budget, finding new uses for old items, child-rearing methods and preparing for the future. There is even a feature called “On Sale This Month” that will point you in the right direction toward common items that stores markdown during certain months. For example, in January stores will be discounting winter clothing items and leftover Christmas decorations…time to stock up for next year!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this first edition of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest. I’m a bit of a frugal fanatic myself, so it was quite fun to read all of the articles, which included titles such as “Feather Your Nest Frugally” about decorating on a dime, “Parenting That Pays” about teaching your kids the 3 R’s (and it’s not reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic!), and a great interview with the developer of PearBudget called “Let’s Get Organized For Fiscal Fitness”.

My favorite piece was this month’s “Begin with the Basics” which featured a great, comprehensive article called “Bread-making For Beginners”. The article includes some history and background information on the art of bread-making, recipes for different types of bread from around the world, and links to online tutorials and ebooks for further study. Bread-making is something that I haven’t quite mastered yet, but it’s only a matter of time. This articles’ tips will help me get there!

Then, after all of this, there are some very handy worksheets included at the end of the digest. They include a home inventory record, monthly expense report, and budgeting worksheets. You can print these and use them in your home, or you can simply use the ideas to create your own that work best for your home and family.

The January 2009 edition of Molly’s Money-Saving Digest will be available at The Old Schoolhouse online store starting on January 1st for only $4.95. In the meantime, you can head on over to Econobusters and get to know Molly Green a little better. There are already some really great articles posted over there to get you right on the road to a more frugally fantastic life!


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