WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLERIn 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 happyonly keeping her from meeting her goalsshe decided to set herself a challenge:she would not shop for an entire year.The Year of Lessdocuments Caits life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.The challen...
|Title||:||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|
|Number of Pages||:||189 pages|
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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 Reviews
This was awful. You can start by not spending money on this book. 99 percent of it is self indulgent millennial whining.
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
Lately, I have found myself drawn to the topic of less.
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 really needed to stop and take a moment before I said what I thought of this book. I listened to the audiobook (a first for me - never made it through an entire audiobook before).
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
This was a very simple book that didn’t try to go very deep into the issues of consumerism and addiction. It floated on the surface and told a beautifully written story of one woman’s attempt to be buy less, drink less, eat less and be more organized. I loved it. But at the same time, it highlighted all the things we aren’t really and truly mindful of. E.g. This big machine in which we are only a tiny cog. The death of workers’ rights, and the rise of the gig economy. The way in which our consum ...more
This was one of the most poorly written, useless and superfluous books I’ve read in a long time. Not only is the author a whiny privileged millennial with some very first world problems, she also seems to have no credentials except for a blog and a healthy following? This woman is much too entitled and the mere fact that she wrote this book proves that no one has told her that not everyone is interested in her story and that she isn’t any more special than anyone else. I thought I could get some ...more
"But there were really only two categories I could see: the stuff I used, and the stuff I wanted the ideal version of myself to use."
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
If you go into this expecting a how to, you'll be disappointed. If you go in knowing it's a book about a middle class, late-20s white girl learning how to get her shit together, you'll be as pleased as I was. Because the thing is, I identify with a lot of Cait's experiences, and though I haven't had what she has had (dealing with alcoholism, for starters), I found what she dug out of this year of purging and not spending was what I needed to hear. It's okay to step out of what's expected of you ...more
At the first glance the title seems to suggest that this is either a self help book, or a memoir. I think some who have reviewed it here were looking for a self help book, but it is actually a memoir with a tiny amount of self help ideas.
As a memoir I thought it was interesting. It is about a young woman, Cait Flanders, that is dealing with her over consumption. I think we can call it that, but perhaps it is even more about finding what is important in life. Is all this stuff around us really t ...more