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Review: Molly Saves on the Go

 

This month Molly’s Digest is about saving when you’re out and about.  There are so many ways to make travel of all sorts more affordable, even though gas prices are continually rising.

A sure way of saving money, time, and tummy aches while on the road is taking along healthy snacks.  Molly includes recipes for various trail mixes, including gluten-free ones, as well as an amazing take-along salad. A sure way of adding to the fun of long car rides is taking along new games, and Molly gives a whole list of links for the purpose.  Since we’re planning a long road trip this summer after many years of hardly travelling at all, I love the list of travelling necessities.

I was thrilled to read this month’s section on car maintenance.  I would so love to be a bit more competent in this area and Molly’s detailed lists and links will sure help. Under the hood photos of the easy-to-fill, easy-to-check car parts are accompanied by detailed instructions and tips.

Each spring we face a row of bikes that need minor work.  My husband is too busy, and I really have no clue what to do, so we’ve always left it up to the kids, who really have no clue either.  That is, of course, foolish.  With all of these suggestions and links I can now ensure that my children will all know the proper way to maintain a bike.  I might learn it myself, too.

The pet article this month, on grooming, made me chuckle.  Professional pet grooming?  We brush our dogs.  In fact, that task is on the children’s weekly job list.  But I would never get any of them clipped, shampooed, or trimmed. Nor would I ever consider getting a grooming table (very expensive), since our dogs like to cuddle with us while being brushed.  Although parts of this article do not apply to our family, the detailed information about dog grooming will be very helpful.  Of course, we’re all at different levels of money-saving, and Dr. Rule’s article could save many pet-owners a lot of money.

“Tightwad Training Camp” is all about budgets this month, focusing on the difference between fixed and variable expenses.  Molly carefully guides young people through the process of deciding how to cut expenses, if necessary.

Occasionally being out involves long, long periods of standing.  If you need a lightweight portable stool, you can make one out of scraps and remnants following Sharon’s detailed tutorial. 

“Here’s to your Health” explores the sensible concept of being active for free rather than paying to work out.  Free websites can help keep track of food, exercise, and water goals. You can also set up a home gym for nothing or next to nothing.  

Molly’s beauty article is about hand care even, or perhaps especially, for gardeners.  She lists natural skin and nail care recipes, and discusses a beautiful and frugal alternative to nail polish.

This month Molly reviews her own book, Molly Goes Camping.  She includes a complete table of contents and gives a $4 coupon code that expires at the end of the month.  That code covers the cost of the Digest itself, so it’s not a bad deal at all. 

“Change One Thing” has the potential to change many lives:  discover what’s all available at your library.  Our library, like Molly’s, is about a lot more than books now.  It is truly an incredible resource, providing education, entertainment, and information for free.  I’ll be checking out our library’s offerings more carefully now that Molly has reminded me of them.

When money is tight, we often need to focus on our own family’s needs.  This month’s inspiration column shows how we can help others even when we have only pennies to spare.

You can get Molly Saves on the Go here.  Remember, if you sign up for a Molly Membership (you can cancel anytime), you get the Digest and a whole lot more for even less than the Digest by itself.

Disclosure I received a complimentary download of Molly’s April Money-Saving Digest in order to give you my honest opinion of it.

For more great tips, see Works for Me Wednesday, Thrifty Thursday, and Frugal Friday.

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5 Comments

  1. Stacy says:

    Hey, guess what? I’m at work, and I was able to pull up your site! Must have been a bug in the system yesterday.

    I checked our library to see if they have the CHANGE ONE THING book. They do! I emailed the link to myself to save for later. I may have dd read it for one of her high school classes. I may include it in her interpersonal relationships course.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      That’s so funny! I did not know “Change One Thing” was a book! I though it was a Molly column! LOL

      Annie Kate

  2. Molly Green says:

    Thanks for a great review, Annie Kate!

  3. Shelly says:

    I need to save more On The Go!

  4. Annie Kate says:

    Note that “Molly Goes Camping” is on sale at the TOS Store; I just bought it for $1.95 using the sale as well as the Molly coupon code mentioned in the post.

    My husband is thinking of tents, trailers and maybe even a pop-up camper…so I decided I needed the book and the deal was too good to miss.

    Annie Kate

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