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
A personal memoir of a young woman’s struggle with various addictions and how she streamlined her life to find happiness.
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
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
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 book was so well written, I felt she and I were talking and she was baring her soul. She does not make any excuses for her behavior (I still am shocked she drank her first drink at TWELVE!) and has come to realize if she had not gone through everything she would not have morphed into the beautiful soul she is now. This was a good read.
This was an average memoir and an average read on the journey someone takes in an effort to spend less and minimalize her belongings.
If you were a reader of this author's blog during this year long experience, I feel like this book would give more to you as a reader. There would have been more investment knowing the author from her blog and this would be a behind-the-scenes look at what was posted during that experiment.
However, I do have to say that although I had not heard of this author pri ...more
The title leads one to believe that this is a book about living with less. It is, however, a memoir about a twenty-something who struggles with overindulging in a variety of areas in her life. We hear about her alcoholism, her weight loss journey, her career moves, her romantic relationships, and her family. The information about the shopping ban is minimal. There are 8 pages at the end which outline some practical steps to declutter and live with less.
Unfortunately, the title is misleading. I w ...more
I never review books. I simply read then, rate them and move on. This book was so misleading that I found myself very upset and disappointed so I am writing a review to let others know before they purchase. **uncertain if there should be a spoiler alert as I don't review. I do not believe I gave any spoilers, but read with caution**
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
Didn't know this was 99% memoir and 1% how-to-minimize-and-declutter-your-life going into it. It was a super fast read but I wanted to know more about her initial process of getting rid of the majority of her belongings, which she simplified in just a few pages by basically saying she threw it all on the ground then threw it away without hesitation. The reader only gets to know one specific instance when the author almost bought something not approved on Black Friday... other than that, this who ...more