Say Goodbye to Survival Mode | Book Review

I received Crystal Paine’s “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode” book from BookLook for purposes of evaluation. Thoughts are my own.

I have been following Crystal Paine since 2011 when I started getting interested in saving money though couponing. Her blog, Money Saving Mom, has helped me become more conscious about my spending habits and with how I use my money. But aside from being financially wise, Crystal also shares about organizing your life, about parenting, faith and blogging. Just a trivia: It was one of Crystal’s posts on Money Saving Mom that encouraged me to start blogging in July 2011. Another way to save is by releasing equity, use this free calculator to see how much you could release.

So when I found out that Crystal has published another book (I have her other book “Money Saving Mom’s Budget” too), I knew I wanted to read it. “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode” is for everyone who’s super busy, stressed out and overtired. The book guides us to the right path so we can start a more fulfilling life.

Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you’re simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them.

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you’ll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she’s learned along the way, helping you:
– feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
– eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
– get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
– rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them

The book has straightforward solutions that we can apply to our lives as well as actual stories of Crystal’s experiences. I think the most important thing I learned from the book — and the thing I’m still trying to apply in my life — is to stop trying to do it all. I guess it’s normal for us moms to be the all-around person in the home that we bring the same mentality outside the home setting.

It’s important for us to remember our priorities and build our life around those things so we can still have some extra time for ourselves. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who’s ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it.

Purchase “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode”!

It’s available on (currently at $22.99) and on ($17.43 for the hardcover edition and $14.99 for the Kindle edition).

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* I received the “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode” book from BookLook for purposes of evaluation. Thoughts are my own.


Say Goodbye to Survival Mode | Book Review — 31 Comments

  1. This sounds like a great book full of solutions to help busy people deal with all the stress in their lives. Thank you for sharing this review.

  2. I need to pick up a copy! I sure am overworked…stressed and exhausted! This looks like a good read! I can use all the pointers to stress less!

  3. I need to read this book! I love my life but I often do feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for the review, I will have to look into this. Life as the mom of a toddler can make me feel like I am always in “Survival Mode”.

  5. This sounds like a book I could use. I know the feeling of waking up tired and the To-Do list that doesn’t get done. I have to check this book over and see if my library has it.

  6. Sounds like a book that I can definitely benefit from reading. There never seems to be enough hours in the day and always 10 more thing that didn’t get done.

  7. This sounds like one I would like to read and also give to a friend thanks for the great review.

  8. Gosh! I NEED this book like yesterday! It covers all the things in my life that are out of control right now. I better go purchase this pronto!

  9. I Definitely Need to Read this Book b/c I am Passed the Point of being Just Stressed & I am Constantly in Pain from a Motorcycle Wreck so I don’t Sleep Well! I Would Obviously Like to Try Natural Ways of Dealing with it First before Resorting to Strong Medication, or I Should Say Stronger Medication! I Love to Read and Seeing as I Can’t do anything to Strenuous Anyways, it Helps with the Boredom of Not Working! I am Definitely Going to See if they have it at the Library b/c I Can Not Afford to Buy it b/c of the Whole Not Working Thing! Thank You & Have a Blessed Day! Jana Williams

  10. This Book Sounds Like a Terrific Book which everyone needs to read! I know I get stressed out all the time! There are some days I don’t feel like getting out of bed to start another day of all the same stuff! I really enjoyed reading your review and I thank you for sharing this with all of us! Right now, with our home money situation, I can’t afford to purchase this book. However, if and when things straighten themselves out, I will be looking to purchase this book! Thanks again, Michele 🙂
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  11. It always feels to me like I am playing catch up with my life and tasks. I am going to the library and see if I can find it.

  12. It sounds like a good, commonsense read. Sometimes, often in my case, I get over stressed and frustrated. I think everyone could benefit from reading this book.

  13. I’m intrigued by your review and think Crystal is going to help a lot of people with this. I’ve had to simplify my life to the bare bones, but in some ways it’s better than before.

  14. I need to find and read this book! Thanks for reviewing and sharing the details of this book!

  15. I really need this book because I feel exactly as you are describing. I will pick this book up to read. I know I will gain something from this. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I would love to learn more about solutions that can help eliminate stress and teach me how to manage my time, money, and home life style.

  17. This looks like a great book! One of my goals for this next year is to simplify our life, spend less, clean less and enjoy time with family more. I think getting rid of “stuff” will help with this process.