**This giveaway is now closed. A big thank you goes out to all of you who entered. I wish I could give you all a free eBook, but I have to choose just one. That person is… Jen who said, “In trying to slow down, I need look no further than my young children. They are happy with the simplest things…a tree with the ornaments they have made, as opposed to stressing over the perfectly decorated tree; not trying to impress people and really remembering the reason for the season.” (Jen, check your email.) If you weren’t the winner you can still get a copy of the eBook for only $0.99 today.**


One of my favorite blogs (and daily reads) is Money Saving Mom. Crystal Paine, the brainchild of MSM, always shares great tips and advice about how to save money and living better on less. When I found out about the opportunity to review her latest eBook, I was super excited.

Crystal’s advice always comes across in a practical, straightforward and motivating way that makes you think why didn’t I think of that? Plus, her common-sense strategies are really easy to implement in daily life. Crystal has done it again with this new eBook, Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas, which shares detailed ways to prepare for and enjoy every minute of this holiday season.

Covering topics like setting a budget, decorating, gift giving, this eBook is filled to the brim with ideas for slowing down and enjoying the holidays. She shows you easy ways to stay organized and de-stressed in what is easily one of the most nerve-wracking seasons of the year. Don’t you want to just slow down and enjoy the holidays? Then this book is for you!

Right now, you can buy the book at the super low price of $0.99. At just under a dollar, it will definitely be money well spent.

But, wait, there’s more! Crystal has generously offered one Doggone Thrifty reader a FREE copy of the eBook.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us how you chose to slow down and celebrate the holidays. Note: This giveaway is a quick one and will end at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 14, 2012.

Good luck!

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20 Responses to Giveaway: Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas

  1. Rachel G says:

    This year with a new baby i really want to slow down and cherish this Christmas. He will only experience his first Christmas once and i don’t want to miss it by being super busy.

  2. Deanna says:

    Make sure to take the time to do the little things that will make memories – go look at lights, Christmas tree farm, etc.

  3. Erin says:

    We start preparing early so nothing is rushed in December. Lots of family movie nights (with Christmas movies, of course!) give us the calm evenings we need to snuggle and chill.

  4. This book came at a perfect time. A simple Christmas enjoying the true meaning is my intention this season. I look forward to reading her e-book!

  5. Seeing the preparations as part of the fun not a chore!

  6. Jen says:

    In trying to slow down, I need look no further than my young children. They are happy with the simplest things…a tree with the ornaments they have made, as opposed to stressing over the perfectly decorated tree; not trying to impress people and really remembering the reason for the season.

  7. Melinda T says:

    This year I’m going to say no to more activities/events/parties so that I can truly enjoy the holiday season with my closet friends and family.

  8. Michelle Osmond says:

    One way I’m trying to slow down during the season is to have all of our Christmas cards sent by the first of December. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this ebook!

  9. Nichole says:

    We’re taking three weeks off “official” school this year, including the week of New Year’s. Knowing that I will have that week to “put away Christmas” already makes me feel less stressed and less likely to hold back on decorating.

  10. Tracey says:

    We keep the last few days before Christmas commitment-free! That allows me to spend time baking and crafting with our daughters.

  11. Misti says:

    We really guard our time in Dec. We, as a family, decide what things are really important… with our kids, some of their choices change from year to year, while Mom & Dad’s choices pretty much stay the same.

  12. Lou Anne says:

    My family has a tradition of lighting an advent wreath each night. This is something we try and take time to do each day and put our focus toward the meaning of the season.

  13. Bronwyn says:

    I find that if I have a calendar for planning, it helps to plan in time when we’re NOT committed to busy stuff elsewhere, just to enjoy the home moments.

  14. jessi doggett says:

    Keep it simple by cutting. Down gifts and making more memories with the kids

  15. Katy says:

    This year with two kids I really want to focus on our family and the true meaning of Christmas and let the hustle and bustle take a back seat.

  16. Lynne B says:

    We are expecting our next blessing anytime in the next three weeks so I will use the newborn stage to have no choice but to slow down and enjoy the joy in my older children as they welcome the Christmas season.

  17. Mandy W. says:

    This year, I am choosing to take the easy way out on the few extended family gifts we give (my husband and I rotate giving to our siblings) by purchasing gift cards so that I can focus my time and effort on picking out and creating things that my husband and children will really love.

    Thanks! I really, really hope I win!

  18. ACMommy3 says:

    I love to slow down and enjoy this wonderful season by saying no to lots of extra stuff and only picking what is really special to us – like baking cookies together, taking a weekend trip to see a “real” live Bethlehem, playing lots of games together with family – and keeping shopping lowkey and as little as possible. :)

  19. I love spending Christmas with the kiddos! We actually have a 9 day vacation planned around the holiday just to spend some quality time together. I cannot wait!!!

  20. Sarah C. says:

    We are planning to spend time each of the Sundays in Advent savoring the meaning of Emmanuel – God with us; amazing!

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