Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by by Elizabeth Willard Thames

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

Recommended by a reader, Jen @ Healthfulsaver, I am so thankful that I received this recommendation. I have found the need to reconnect with my frugal, inner saver, pay off debt person after having a hellish April. Once I started Meet the Frugalwoods I could not put this book down! Oh my gosh!

Meet the Frugalwoods was well written and chronicled the lives of the author and her boyfriend/fiance/husband Nate. I love how it started expressing her privilege. Everyone can work their ass off to achieve a zero-debt life but some people just have a head start due to their privilege.

“Our consumer culture erects shrines to stuff and encourages us to measure our worth by what we can buy.”

Elizabeth Willard Thames, Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

What I Loved About This Book:

This book gave me a renewed sense that I am on the right track by cutting back spending, paying off debt, and building an emergency fund. While I right now have no desire to live off of 18% of my income like the Frugalwoods, I did enjoy learning how the Frugalwoods did it. It made me question and re-evaluate more of my “necessary” expenses. Is it really important? Does it add value? If so, what value do I derive from this expense? Is this expense really necessary?

What was the point of being able to buy whatever I wanted if I didn’t control my time? I’d thought money was the ultimate resource, but it was dawning on me that time is actually the greatest resource of all. More specifically, the ability to use my time as I wished. It wasn’t that I hated my job, I didn’t; it’s that I spent too many hours there, marooned in a cubicle, with my tasks dictated by other people, unable to work on things I felt inspired by.

Elizabeth Willard Thames, Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

There are negative reviews on Goodreads that I find to be completely inaccurate. When you write a book about spending less money and to stop following society’s definition of success you are bound to find some upset people. It’s the same thing if you tell friends that you quit drinking. Someone is bound to get offended. Or say you give up eating meat. That could be a near flip the table moment.

I would suggest ignoring the negative reviews if you fall into any one of the following:

  • want to save money
  • want to pay off debt
  • want to live more and work less
  • want inspiration to live a debt-free life

This book is not for materialist people. After I just typed that I know that there will be some people upset with me. But at the end of the day, you do you. I didn’t hurt anyone. If you feel upset, that’s your ego. Take it up with your ego.

Hedonic adaptation is the concept that we calibrate ourselves to whatever we repeatedly do. If we constantly reward or treat ourselves (with restaurants and scones), we deaden our ability to derive true pleasure from those rewards. Then we require larger and more frequent rewards.

Elizabeth Willard Thames, Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

  1. Aww, I’m so glad you liked it! I always learn well by reading about other people’s experiences, and this book had plenty of personal narrative. I can learn a lot even if I am on a different path. This is a book I could read again.

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