The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy—only keeping her from meeting her goals—she...more
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Unfortunately, the title is misleading. I w ...more
I picked it up because I had read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and while parts of that book were kooky, it did help me declutter my house and think about what I wanted to keep. So I thought this book might help me tackle the front end of the problem. How do I learn to buy less stuff in the first place, such that I have less crud to tidy. For me it was less about savin ...more
This was an interesting memoir about Cait Flander's year of less. For one year, Cait got rid of a lot of things she didn't wear, use, or want (over 50% of her belongings) and quit spending money. Not completely, she still ate out occasionally, traveled some, and bought toiletries and things on an approved list, but no more mindless shopping for clothes, daily lattes, and other things she didn't need.
I find this topic fascinating. I have so much stuff, sometimes I just want ...more
I don't want to make negative comments about the author's personal life or what she went through. It's her journey. But I did not know this would be a memoir, like many readers I thought it would be more of a guide to, well, living with less.
Being that I do not have an addictive personality, though I have family membe ...more
I was excited to come across this book and pre-ordered it based on the title and description. I figured it would be a great read to hear about how life would be like ...more
For me, I found that we share a few of the past issues in life and also the emotional spending and eating really resonated. I found that as I went on reading the book th ...more
I love reading these "do something for a period of time" memoirs. However, this one had very little focus on the actual project of spending less money. Instead, the narrative discussed the author's recovery from binge eating and drinking as well as her relationships with family, friends and ex-boyfriends. Given the synopsis for this book, I was disappointed that the narrative was not more focused on her spending habits.
This is a memoir masquerading itself as a financial journey in spending less.
There was more than enough information on her recovering alcoholism, her weight loss, her parents divorce, what she ate on her travel trips, her career changes and her past relationships.
Sadly that stuff took up more than 80% of the pages.
The quote at the top was the most helpful part in ...more
Cain Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, repeat. After she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt her old habits took hold again. When she realize that nothing she was buying was making her happy—only making things worse—she decided to set a challenge for herself. She would not buy a ...more
Less stuff. Spending less. Eating less crap.
The idea of less being more.
This book was very interesting to me. It first caught my attention with the word: less. And then I read the subtitle which immediately made me picture a person with no belongings, living off the land. I was way off. :)
I briefly glanced at the reviews and learned that this is a memoir, not a how-to book, so I added it. First, because I enjoy an occasional memoir and se ...more
I cringed when she started to say that she was a blogger – I have had a couple bad reads from bloggers-turned-book authors ...more
This book was a struggle for me to get into. I started with the print version but kept losing focus on what I was reading. Switching to the audiobook didn’t prove to be a solution. What ended up working best for me was reading AND listening together. The author narrates the audio version so that is always neat. I can’t say I was wowed by anything. It’s a 6 hour listen so you can get it done during a day.
Those who may get the most from this memoir are fans of the blog the author writes ...more
This felt like a personal attack...but in the best way possible. This book brought to light so many things that I struggle with personally: consumerism, impulse buying, needless spending and just not being a mindful buyer. Her stories were relevant, raw and honest. I loved that she gives a guide on how to practice her experiment yourself, and I’m thankful I have a friend who wants to try the experiment with me.
If you feel like you sha ...more
While I found the writing only so-so, I found Flanders story fascinating.
In what turns out to be a very frank memoir she details how over a series of years she first overcame alcohol and drug problems, then obesity and other health issues, and finally crippling financial debt—paying off 30000 dollars in CC debt in two years.
In her late twenties, despite having a good salary and now being debt free, she was frustrated being unable to save significant amounts of money. In att ...more
Her new book, ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT, is a field guide to opting out of expectations, changing paths, and leading a more intentional life. Powell ...more