Meet the Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods

Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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 enacted 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. This 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062668134
0062668137
Branch Call Number: 332.02401 THA
Characteristics: xv, 229 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 11, 2019

This book bridges the gap between memoir and financial advice. It's very readable and ultimately inspiring to see the ways in which this couple were able to not only attain financial independence but also heal their marriage with their unique vision for the future. Even if one doesn't take an extreme route to frugality, I would still recommend reading this book to not only assess the life you are living right now, but the one you would like to be leading in the future.

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