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In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become 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 enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.
In less than three years, Elizabeth and Nate reached their goal. Today, they are financially independent and living out their dream on a 66 acre homestead in the woods of rural Vermont with their young daughter. While frugality makes their lifestyle possible, it's also what brings them peace and genuine happiness. They don't stress out about impressing people with their material possessions, buying the latest gadgets, or keeping up with any Joneses. In the process, Elizabeth discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stems from disavowing our culture's promise that we can buy our way to "the good life". Elizabeth unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever-more products at ever-higher sums.
Meet the Frugalwoods is the intriguing story of how Elizabeth and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn't for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence at age 32. 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 money and lead more meaningful, simplified lives. Following their advice, you too can live your best life.
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By C. Brown on 03-17-18
Lovely memoir, great narration
The narrator does a fantastic job of capturing Liz's cadence and spirit. The book is bright, energetic, fun, and refreshing. More memoir than how-to, this book paints a picture of a decade-long approach to achieving one's dreams and discovering who you are and are meant to be.
Liz credits her privilege to how hey were able to do what they did, and is open and honest about the role of privilege in their lives and how that inspired them to do other things with their privilege that drink expensive coffee and buy expensive clothes. This kind of admission is a rare thing to find in "self made" stories, and I appreciated that she recognizes their approach won't work for everyone, but this is still a great, entertaining listen.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Aaron on 03-08-18
Great story and content
I thoughly enjoyed this memoir style story as it was very approchable and relevant. I enjoyed both the narrator and the writing voice that was full of wisdom and humor. A great book for some one interested in either the early retirement or minimalism movement.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Miss K L Jones on 05-19-18
Thoroughly enjoyed this book
A recommendation from a twitter account I follow. I would 100% recommend again.
Elizabeth and tells her story in such an open and inspiring way. She offers advice, some of this relates to US audience but there are many equivalent here in the U.K.
A great read.
By lmvb1984 on 05-14-18
Loved the audiobook. I have been a long term reader of the blog and enjoyed learning more about Liz's back story. As a mom, of similar age to Liz, expecting baby number 2, being frugal will enable me to go back to work on a part time basis. Reading the book and the blog strengths my resolve to do this and gives me confidence that I can do this.