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18 Dec 2018   ·   2

How I Broke Free From Legalism

(Read the story behind this photo here.)

Well, this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show is all about Christmas and Christmas candy and cleaning your house for Christmas and one of our family’s favorite stocking stuffer traditions… and then we take a hard turn and Jesse interviews me as I share more of our story and specifically how I broke free from legalism.

(I know, those two topics have nothing to do with one another — but hey, you just never know what you’re going to get when you tune into the podcast each week!)

To be honest, I didn’t know how my conversation with Jesse was going to go as we shared this part of our story. I knew there were things I wanted and needed to share. I’ve shared them with people who know me personally and I’ve briefly touched on things in posts here and there, but I’ve never publicly opened up about those first few years of blogging like I did in this episode.

If you were around in the early days of blogging and read my original blog, I think you will want to listen to this episode. If you weren’t around when I was first blogging, but you have been curious how I went from being extremely conservative to where I am today, you will definitely want to listen to this episode.

By the way, I was a little apprehensive about how this conversation was going to go, so I asked Jesse if he could lead the interview instead of me. He did a fantastic job and I loved getting to have our roles reversed a little on the podcast! (Though, of course, he had to remind me about being irritable during the few month of my pregnancy! ;))

We also share about some of our first few businesses (yup, MoneySavingMom.com was not our first business — oh no! We tried quite a few things before then!), our business failures, and I share candidly what I learned from those. Plus, we end the episode answering a listener question about how to get over your fear of traveling.

By the way, be sure to download the 2-Hour House Cleaning Checklist. It’s perfect for this time of year when we’re either hosting guests or wanting to get our house in more orderly shape heading into 2019!

In This Episode:

[01:26] – It’s all things Christmas around here this episode! I talk about our favorite Christmas candy, tell you how my 2-hour House Cleaning Checklist has saved my life and how it might be the perfect checklist for your holiday season, and share about a fun family tradition for stocking stuffers we have each year that is inexpensive, easy, and so memorable.

[06:54] – Jesse joins me today, but we flip things around and he serves as the podcast “host” and interviews me.

[9:33] – When I realized I was pregnant (surprise!) and was so sick and had to quit working, I went online to try to learn how to make money at home. Listen in to learn about something I thought would be a good idea.

[11:52] – Jesse and I talk about how that first business idea worked (or, more accurately, didn’t work). We discuss what we thought would be a great idea and why it didn’t really work. 

[14:34] – We talk about one of the valuable lessons I learned from that business, and how it helped with future projects.

[16:10] – I talk about why I ended up starting my first blog, what it was called and why I’m pretty embarrassed about it now. I share how God used atheist and feminists (many of whom came and left very negative comments on my blog!) to open my eyes up to my legalism and to help me begin to start in on a journey of breaking free from legalism. 

[21:32] – And then I get really honest and share how I’ve learned some important life-changing lessons through all of this and I ask forgiveness of those I offended with my very black and white, abrasive, legalistic blog posts.

[25:25] – This week’s question comes from Carrie, who asks if I was afraid to travel overseas and whether I have any insights or tips on being comfortable in a foreign country. Jesse and I both share about what has helped us and how we’ve overcome our anxiety about traveling and long flights.

Links and Resources:

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

Sponsor Spotlight

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18 Dec 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for December 18, 2018

{Psst! Have you joined our new Facebook group yet? If you want to never miss a HOT deal again, go check it out!! We post ALL the best deals almost as soon as they go live — especially the time-sensitive ones that you might miss!}

Hottest Deals

Online Deals

Freebies and Coupons

Deals Around Town

In Store Deals

Popular Deals Still Available

18 Dec 2018   ·   1

AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups (Pack of 12) only $3.37!

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Amazon has these AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups (Pack of 12) for only $3.37 right now! This is a huge price drop and the lowest price ever on record!

These would make a great stocking stuffer idea!

I bought a set of these last year and have been pleasantly surprised with how well they work and how easy they are to clean and wash!

I’m definitely sold on using these — especially because they kept the muffin pan so clean and easy to wash! These are now a staple item in our kitchen!

This is an add-on item, which means you’ll get this price when you add it on to a $25 Amazon order.

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 16 GB for just $49.99 shipped! {Black Friday pricing!!}

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Amazon has the All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet, 16 GB for only $49.99 shipped right now – the lowest price on record!

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

TaoTronics 6-Quart 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker for just $44.99 shipped! {Frugal alternative to Instant Pot!}

{This deal post is sponsored by TaoTronics and contains affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.}

Want an Instant Pot but can’t afford the price tag? Try this frugal alternative!

Amazon has this TaoTronics 6-Quart 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker for just $44.99 shipped when you use coupon code RJP3YTL4 at checkout.

This is a LOW price for this and it gets really great reviews!

Valid through December 25th, while supplies last.

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

18 Dec 2018   ·   2

FREE Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 12-Pack after rebate!!

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Does your kiddo LOVE Hatchimals? Then you don’t want to miss this last-minute FREEBIE gift idea!

TopCashBack is offering an $12.67 rebate on the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 12-Pack purchased from Walmart, making it FREE!

Here’s how to get your FREE Hatchimals:

1. Head here for the special Hatchimals offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Order a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 12-Pack for $12.67. Select free in-store pickup at your local Walmart to avoid shipping costs.

3. Within 21 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $12.67 — all you’ll pay is a little bit of tax!

4. After you receive the $12.67 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through December 21, 2018 — or while supplies last.

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

Bookish Tees only $13.99 + shipping!

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Looking for a last minute gift idea for the book lovers in your life?

Jane has these Bookish Tees for just $13.99 + shipping right now!

Choose from four fun styles and eight color options.

Shipping is $4.99 for the first tee and $1.99 for each additional tee shipped within the same order.

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

Kids Puffer Coats only $16.99 at Macy’s (Reg. $85!)

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Through tomorrow, Macy’s has kid’s puffer coats on sale for only $16.99 (regularly $85)!

Many of these jackets come with a free scarf or a free winter hat as well!

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Valid through December 19, 2018.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

18 Dec 2018   ·   1

Nintendo Switch as low as $274.99 shipped!

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Note: Shop through eBates to get 1% cashback on this deal! Not an eBates member yet? Sign up here and then search for Target and click through and then purchase this item to get 1% cashback added to your account.

Right now, Target has the Nintendo Switch on sale for just $299 shipped! Plus, you will get a free $25 Target gift card when you purchase one making it only $274.99 shipped!

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

Wooden Slingshot with Felt Balls only $6.99 + shipping!

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Jane has these Wooden Slingshots with Felt Balls for only $6.99 + shipping right now!

This toy would make such a fun Christmas gift!

Shipping is $5.99 for the first slingshot and free for each additional slingshot shipped within the same order.

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

*HOT* bObsweep Pet Hair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop only $219.99 shipped (Reg. $399!)

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Wow! Amazon has this bObsweep Pet Hair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop for only $219.99 shipped right now!

This is a HUGE price drop and the lowest price ever on record.

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

HUGE Savings on Cosmetics at Macy’s (Including Estee Lauder, NYX, Smashbox & More) + Free Shipping!

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Note: Shop through eBates to get 3% cashback on this deal! Not an eBates member yet? Sign up here and then search for Macy’s and click through and then purchase this item to get 3% cashback added to your account.

Right now, Macy’s is offering huge savings on cosmetic sets including Estee Lauder, NYX, Smashbox and more! Plus, shipping is free!

Get this Estée Lauder 3-Piece Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid Lip Color Gift Set for only $28 shipped (regularly $42)!

Get this Smashbox Holidaze Contour + Spotlight Palette for only $19.50 shipped (a $105 value)!

Get this NYX Professional Makeup 12-Piece Sweet Château Slip Tease Lip Set for only $12.50 shipped (a $48 value)!

Shop the cosmetic sale here.

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

18 Dec 2018   ·   0

Office Depot/Office Max: Free Duracell Batteries, Flashlight, and Sharpies after rewards!

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Rewards members can score FREE Duracell Batteries, Flashlights and Sharpies at Office Depot/OfficeMax this week! Just purchase the item and you will receive the equivalent value in points, which can be redeemed like cash at Office Depot/Office Max.

You’ll need a rewards card to take advantage of this deal, but you can get one for free here.

Valid in-stores or online for a limited time only.

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!