Meet the Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods

Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

eBook - 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." -- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062668158
Branch Call Number: 332.024 Th
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 229 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Liz, who writes the Frugalwoods blog, wrote a book about how she and her husband decreased their spending and increased their quality of life. This is a great book for anyone looking for something different from the mainstream lifestyle. Recommended by CRRL_KatieH

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Jan 26, 2019

After reading all the comments about this book. I'm not going to waste my valuable time reading it.
Thanks everyone, i'll make myself a cup of coffee and head to the blog.

VaughanPLDaniela Jan 21, 2019

An inspiring read that certainly had me thinking hard about many of my own financial decisions. Through sheer tenacity, persistence and discipline the author and her husband achieved their goal of early retirement (for her, age 32!). There is a lot of valuable information in this book for those who are open minded.

This book is the story of how a couple of non-profit workers (at least one of whom earns more than the investment bankers the author disingenuously investment bankers infers are overpaid) hit the real estate market at a peak time, enjoyed 100%-employer-paid health insurance, got a free MA degree (the advantages keep piling up) decided against ever buying the $40 per pound gourmet cheese and created a blog to help all the financially-challenged people similarly avoid such poor decisions. And then monetized the heck out of it, putting their household in at least the top 5% of all American households.

Frugality did not give these people their holdings: a top-tier annual salary did. There is nothing in this book that is not also on the blog. This is a memoir of people who lucked-out; it doesn't offer ANY advice on how you can save your own money (unless avoiding over-priced cheese, finding a partner who doesn't spend everything you save, and other totally obvious and hardly groundbreaking pointers).

If you want financial advice, here's some totally free advice:
1) Don't confuse wants (Starbucks) and needs (coffee).
2) If you earn $15 per hour (before taxes), don't buy $40 per LB cheese.
3) If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. The wheel has not been reinvented, so maintain a healthy dose of skepticism!

If you're still interested in the book, check out the blog. Look for the post about how the millionaires raced to a thrift store to purchase a $5 stroller, with the author panicking over the thought that an actual poor person might beat her to it, and then follow it up with the one about the new truck purchase, or one of the many about scheduling time for yoga. If you're looking for any advice on say, how to save enough money for a 30-day CTA pass, forget it! The FW blog has discouraged people asking for advice from taking the bus, positing that it is much better for your wallet to take a bike to work.

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 23, 2018

Interesting memoir about life priorities. That said, Frugalwoods doesn't seem to be as frugal as she claims (she stops buying artisanal cheeses to save money...) and there's little advice about actual frugality and basically no advice on investing.

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.


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