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I’m super excited to bring this free eBook to you all!!!!! I’ve been keeping it a secret for a while, so I’m about to burst. Starting TODAY all subscribers will be able to download Barry’s free eBook titled It’s Not About Money. This little eBook is about learning how to behave with your money and it’s also about setting up a budget – forms included. You really don’t want to miss this! For those of you struggling with your budget, or for those of you without any budget at all, we hope that this book is a blessing to you.  Barry uses this book when he teaches his budgeting classes.

If you’ve never subscribed before, you’re able to do so now by signing up with the form on the right of the screen or by clicking here to sign up. You’ll receive a confirmation email – after you follow through on that, you’ll immediately be e-mailed your free copy of It’s Not About Money. I promise I won’t send you tons of spam. You’ll just receive my daily emails, informing you of the new posts that have gone up that day. That’s it.

“Debt is normal. Be weird.” –Dave Ramsey

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. I am an RSS subscriber and I never received an email to update and get my book. Do I need to do something?

  2. I recently signed up for your daily emails. I haven’t received the free e-book as of yet. Just wanted to make sure that I had confirmed the email subscription. Thanks!!

    • Hey Mandy, it shows me the email was sent to you with the ebook. I just sent another copy to your email directly from me. Let me know if you don’t get it within the next few hours.

  3. Collette says:

    Hi! I am an RSS subscriber and am working on making our meals healthier and have LOVED your website and learning about how you have transitioned to healthy eating! I never received an email to update and get my book. Do I need to do something?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Collette! Since you didn’t get the email, I’ll send you one with the direct book link. :-) Let me know if you don’t get it, okay? Thanks for reading!

  4. Suzanne says:

    I have been receiving your emails for awhile and really enjoy them by the way. I don’t know if I received the ebook and it went to my spam box or if I accidentally deleted it. But, I went back thru my emails and I can’t find it. Would you please re-send it to me? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!!

    • Hi Suzanne! :-) When you first sign up, you get a special email with the link to download the book…but if you don’t download it then, you still have access to the link every day in your email. When you open up your email for the day (your next one will be Monday morning), you’ll see a little box on the right side of the message with the book photo that says “Get your free copy by clicking here!” When you click that link, it will open the book up in PDF format. :-) Hope that helps!! Let me know if you have troubles getting it to open that way.

  5. Hey!
    I do remember getting the eBook when I first signed up but I must have erased the email. Is it possible to get another copy?

  6. Never mind! I found it :)

  7. andrea williams says:

    It says I am already signed up, but I can’t find the ebook anywhere.
    Could I please get another email with the ebook? I don’t know what happened.
    Thank you!

    • Andrea, each day that my email comes out you can get the link for downloading. Off to the right side of the email you should see an icon of Barry’s book. Click on that and it will take you to the PDF form. :-)

  8. Celeste Owens says:

    I’m already a subscribe and I’d like a copy of your debt free ebook.

    • Celeste, the book is available to download in each email that you receive. Off to the right side of the daily email you’ll see a little icon of the book. Click on that and it will take you straight to the PDF file. :-)

  9. Hi,
    I’m very excited to read the debt free ebook! I’ve tried filling in the form at the top and clicking submit, but I have not received an email yet…am I doing something wrong?

    • Hi Courtney, I see that you’ve filled out the form correctly and should very soon (if not already) have the email confirmation in your inbox (be sure to check spam/junk if you don’t see it). I had a note from our email subscription provider that they had some issues today which caused emails to be delayed but they’ve assured me that is resolved. If you don’t receive a confirmation soon let me know and we’ll dig deeper. Thanks!

  10. Hi Stacy…I signed up a few days ago and have never received the free budget ebook. Thanks…

    • Boooooo! We were having issues with our email service. Have you been getting my emails? If so, you can download the book from there. You should see the book icon on the right side of the email and you can click on it to download. If not, holler back and I’ll see if I can get the problem fixed.

  11. So thankful for your encouraging site!! Somehow i never received the free financial ebook. Please resend. And i ask you to pray for me amd my fam! Sincerely, Laura

    • Hey Laura, it’s available for download in each email that you get from us. :-) You should see the book icon off to the right side of the email. If you click on it, it will take you straight to the PDF file. :-) Happy New Year!!!

  12. and why can’t I find the “form to the right of the screen?” :(
    I mean, I’m pretty computer savey and can’t find it…

    • Hmmmm. I’m not sure why you can’t see it. When you first open SMC, you should see it on the right in the sidebar. It says: Enter Your Name and Email below to receive my daily emails and I’ll send you a FREE eBook: It’s Not About Money, a simple guide on how to set up and live on a budget.
      It’s right under the tab at the top that says Crock On Cookbook.

      • yup, not there….just your search box. I’ll check to see if it has something to do with my “ghostery” blocking application I have on my computer.

        • That’s really strange. It’s located right over the search box. Hmmm. I could sign you up if you like. Then you’d just have to confirm when you get the email. :-) Let me know.

  13. i signed up for your free book it’s not about money a week or so ago and never received it.

    • I’m sorry about that! After getting your confirmation email from us, you should have shortly received an email with the link to download. It sometimes ends up in Spam. Every day that you get an email from SMC, you should see the book icon on the right side of the email – you can click on it and download the book at any time. :-)

  14. ok, I never got a confirmation email

  15. I am a current subscriber, and I can’t find the email about the book It’s Not About Money but I would love to have a copy if possible. Thank you for your emails; they are very helpful!

    • Hi Melissa! You should see it in every email that you get from us. On the right side of the email screen there will be a book icon. It will say something like “click here to download.” When you click that, it takes you to the book PDF file. :-)

      • Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry! I usually read the emails on my phone, and just pay attention to the text and the link to the full article. Guess I need to make sure I’m not missing anything else! Thank you for your quick response, and for giving us access to the book.

  16. Hey Stacy I am a subscriber but haven’t received a copy of this book. Can you please send me the link?

    • You can download it from every daily email. :-) On the right side of the email you should see a picture of the book. If you click on that it will take you straight to the PDF.

  17. Robin Cason says:

    thank you for all her tips and recipes. :)

  18. I have been a subscriber & I am sure I got the e-book but cannot locate the email. I am ready to read it now. Can you send it again? Many thanks!!

    • Kelly, when you get the email from SMC today you can download it again. :-) It’s in every email we send. Off to the right side of the email screen you should see a picture of the book: It’s Not About Money. When you click there, you can download it easy peasy.

  19. wendy Briscoe says:

    Stacy, and Barry, I just saw your post about the cash envelope system. Here is my question. How do you avoid using cash intending for one event in the month for something else (o say an emergency sweet tea run at Sonic). That’s my huge downfall with any cash I have. Rather than use it for something that it’s intended for, I use it for something else trivial. :( Also, I am a subscriber and have not gotten the ebook Debter to Better either.

    My husband had his job interview, and it went very well. No job offer yet. :( Continue to pray! Wendy

    • Hey Wendy – with cash it takes a bit of self control. :-) Also, I ain’t hatin’…but sweet tea at Sonic is NOT an emergency. 😉 You have to tell yourself: “this money is for food. If I use this money for a movie instead, then I’m gonna be hungry come the 28th of the month.” Is your satisfaction RIGHT NOW worth hurting later? It’s probably not “cash” that’s the issue. Are you also using your debit card for things you didn’t intend? You have to come to the point where you just decide – I am NOT going to live this way any longer – I will NOT let money burn a hole in my pocket. You can do it, Wendy. :-) I know you can.

      Also, you can download Barry’s book with every email you get from us. It’s off to the right side of the email and it’s a picture of “It’s Not About Money.” Click on it to download any time you like. :-)

  20. How can I download Barry’s book if I am already a subscriber?

    • Stephanie, it’s available in every email you get from us. Off to the right side of the email you’ll see the cover of the book. Click on that and you can download the book any time. :-)

  21. I am a subscriber and can’t find the link to get the free ebook

    • It’s in every email that you get. :-) In the body of the email off to the right side you’ll see a cover of the book. Click on that to download.

  22. Kathleen says:

    Hi Stacie,
    I’m a relatively new subscriber and would love a copy of your budgeting book. How do I go about this?

  23. linda davis says:


  24. hi,

    i tried subscribing to your page yesterday but i still haven’t received an email stating i need to confirm it or have a received any emails. Would love to read your book and keep in the loop with you guys. Thanks

    • Could you check your spam filter and make sure it didn’t end up in there? If not, please holler at me via email and I’ll see if I can fix the issue. :-)
      stacy AT stacymakescents DOT com

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