Meet the Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods

Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

Book - 2018
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"In 2014, Liz Thames and her husband, Nate, were conventional young urban professionals working nine-to-five jobs. But the rat race had worn them down, and they dreamed of becoming modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day--as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends--they enaceted a plan to save as much money as they could. In less than three years, Liz and Nate reached their goal. Today they are financially independent and living out their dream with their young daughters on a sixty-six acre homestead in the woods of Vermont. In this rural setting, they've discovered the deep joy of pursuing their passions, the fulfillment of a vibrant community, and a sense of peace they never expected. Their frugal methods, as described by Liz Thames in this book, aren't born of deprivation and hardship, but rather of a conscious decision to joyfully live below one's means. Thames believes frugality isn't about what you're giving up, but about what you stand to gain through the freedom of a financially secure lifestyle. Through embracing wholesale frugality, Thames discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stem from disavowing our culture's promise that we can buy our way to 'the good life.' She unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever more. 'Meet the Frugalwoods' is the inspiring story of how Liz and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn't for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence. While not everyone wants to live in the woods or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our time and our money, and to lead more meaningful, fulfilling lives. By following Thames' advice, you too can live your best life."--Back cover
Publisher: HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, New York : 2018
ISBN: 9780062668134
Branch Call Number: ANF 332.02401 THAM
Characteristics: xv, 229 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 18, 2018

She has a blog. Moved to Vermont FIRE. A little too much about narrative of life, but gets you thinking about consumerism and spending money vs being frugal with a twist on getting closer to nature. Makes me think about needs and what I can give up.

Jul 04, 2018

This is a very well written book that is based on the blog (The Frugalwoods) that she writes. It tells of their journey to financial independence and how they achieved that at such a young age. She explains her commonsense perspective on why she and her husband are frugal in a world based on consumerism. I recommend anyone who is looking for motivation to save more money and get more out of life read this book.

Mar 19, 2018

This book is to retirement planning what Trump University is to real estate investing. To the 27 people who currently have a hold on this book: unless you're willing to drink the kool-aid and join this still-in-formation cult and waste weeks/months of hold time for this, just read the blog. The copy I read is currently in the book drop - to the next reader it reaches: I wish I had those 2.5 hours of my life back. I kept waiting for it to get good or tread new ground - it never did either.

You know what helps one achieve financial independence besides simple living? A quarter of a million dollars of annual salary. That part isn't mentioned in the book, but the one-star reviewers of Amazon made note of this. It is no mean feat to save 50% or more of your income for most of us, but the deck is already stacked in favor of the Frugalwoods compared to the rest of us. There is no advice in this book - this is purely a memoir, and a regurgitation of the content of the blog.

I've read the blog for years. After reading this book, and reading the reviews, I don't want to support them anymore. There is a time, especially in a service economy, when extreme frugality resembles parasitism. I've never spent $120 on a haircut, but the money I do spend goes to support a hard-working hairdresser - one who doesn't have a blog full of self-congratulatory claptrap. This is a service economy: if everyone lived "simply" like the Frugalwoods, then it would be even harder to find a job than it is now.

But before I go further off into this tangent (aka rant): READ THE BLOG, not the book. This is an auto-hagiography - it offers no advice. Everything even remotely useful in the book is ALREADY PRESENTLY AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE BLOG! Save your time, and save CPL's money. It would be better spent buying up old copies of Tightwad Gazette or advice on budgeting than supporting the formation of the Frugalwoods Faction. If I could give this book zero stars, I would.

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