This is a reoccurring post about my reading habits. So, let me start this post off by saying …I read a lot.
And not just ‘cus it gives me that sexy Librarian, nerdy look, either. I read mostly because I’m an introvert and its how I enjoy spending my free time. And its also because my mom was a librarian and I was pretty much born and raised in the library. Also, I currently work in the library, so I guess you can say me and my relationship with books are pretty serious.
FUN FACTOID: Please say the BR in liBRary, fam. Librarians and library frequenters silently judge you when you say lie-BERRY. Ya welcome.
Ok, anyway. Because I read so much, mostly books about personal development and of course, personal finance, people ask me what I’ve been reading, lately.
So, this week, I thought I’d share with you!
I am currently reading: Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
Let me start off by saying that I really appreciate how Thames wrote this like an interesting non-fiction novel. Yes, the whole reason the average reader chose this book is for the financial savvy nuggets of wisdom that you would expect to get from any personal finance self-help book, but she constructed it like a memoir of how she and her family arrived at the point of her life where frugality was ideal, versus the consumerist mindset that is rampant in our generation. what , in the introduction portion of the book, she acknowledges the advantages that worked in her and her husbands favor. She doesn’t gloss over the fact that there is privilege in being white, heterosexual and born to college- educated parents whom had good careers that owned their homes and were happily married and financially stable. She makes the read aware that while everyone can take the principles that she share in her and apply it to their own lives in their journey to reach financial independence, its not lost on her that her and her husband whom put emphasis on the importance of a quality education and whom also made sure that they helped them avoid debt from school along with numerous other advantages. As a result, the road was easier for her and she didn’t have to overcome anything other than her desire (honestly, mine too) to “Treat Yo Self!”
I respect her a lot for including this in her book. Not many writers and bloggers acknowledge that they started from a place of privilege and that their journey was easier or quicker just because of who they are and the lives they were born into. Let’s be real, it would easy to quickly achieve financial independence if you started with no student loan debt and you inherited your parent’s mortgage free beach house or something similar. Na’mean?
Anywhoo, I liked the book. Meet the Frugalwoods is an intriguing story of how Elizabeth and her husband Nate realized that the consumerist city life wasn’t for them. They put their heads together to create a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, reached financial independence at age thirty-two and moved to a homestead in Vermont. I’ll admit, I have absolutely zero interest in living in the woods (I like controlled natured- think glamping), but I am interested in eventually quitting my job. However, who doesn’t want to have more control over our time and money and lead more meaningful, simplified lives. Following their advice, you too can be inspired to live your best life.
As I mentioned before, although many people don’t start off with the head start that the author was born with and the high salaries they had to save from as young adults, I think that her message is relevant to everyone, at least in our country. So many people feel entitled to non-necessities that they are willing to go into debt for them and end up with no reserves for true needs and emergencies.
Reading Frugalwoods helped me realize that there are things I am spending time and money on that I don’t really want. Whether or not you think she is realistic, I think everyone would benefit from evaluating their life and making some goals of what they really want in life, what truly makes them happy and what else is just clutter.
I also like that she spends some time on how we waste money on baby stuff. That especially made me consider if I REALLY needed a thousand different onesies or if I had to have the newest of the new baby accessories. The jury is still out on cloth diapers…the boo said hell nah we’re not doing that. But we shall see!
Throughout the book there are some great suggestions, which you can implement or not, in order to live more frugally. While 70% savings is impossible for most people, there are many ways mentioned in the book to make your savings grow.
I have read many investment and finance books. Honestly this one is probably one of the most readable and it’s nice that the author is 100% dedicated to living a frugal life and actually believes what she preaches, whether her methodology is realistic for the average person or not. I am still having a difficult time adjusting to life with consumerism but there are some good points about the consumerism culture and how it’s eating up our limited resources, like time and the planet’s resources.
Read any good books, lately? Have you read this book? Did you like it? Why or Why Not? Let me know in the comments!