The Year of Less Book Review

First thing when i read the title of this book, i thought…mmmh what an interesting name!and right there i knew i wanted to know what this talks about.

I know you do too and that is why i am here for you!In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on this book’s review:

Name : 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
Author: Cait Flanders
Genre: Self-help book
Language: English
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication Date : January 16, 2018
Book length: 218

What It Is
This is a book that  documents Cait’s 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.

Cait Flanders is a former binge consumer turned mindful consumer of everything. Through personal stories, she writes about what happens when money, minimalism, and mindfulness cross paths.

Cait’s story has been shared on, Forbes, Yahoo!, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC News, and more.

She inspires people to consume less and live more, on her blog Cait lives in Squamish, BC, Canada, with her three loves: the mountains, the forest, and the ocean.

Her intention for writing the book was to start a conversation around the topic of mindful consumption .

As humans, we are consumers—in that we are constantly consuming, whether we realize it or not.

And this goes beyond just the goods and services we spend money on, and the food and drinks we put into our bodies. We are consuming information around the clock, and it comes in many forms: media (television, news, radio, podcasts, blogs and so on), social media, and even the people we spend time with and the conversations we have.

We are constantly consuming , and she obsessed with two things:
figuring out how it affects us (makes us feel, impacts our decisions, etc.) and sharing ways we can become more mindful consumers of everything.

With this attitude i think she will be of great help to you.

What The Book Talks About

The book is more of a deep personal story, than a self-help or financial advice book. Flanders recounts the circumstances that led her to the point of needing to put a stop to mindless consumption.

When the ban started, she was already an established financial blogger, having paid off $30,000 in consumer debt over two years.

She’d sworn off alcohol after fighting addiction for years and lost 30 pounds. In other words, she seemed to be in a pretty good place.

But, as she writes, once that debt was paid off, she fell back into old spending habits. It felt good not to be so tightly constrained, but she struggled to save money, which made her uncomfortable. She asked herself:

If I was only saving up to 10 percent of my income, where was the rest of my money going? Why was I continually making excuses for my spending? Did I really need 90 percent of my income or could I live on less?
That’s when the idea for the shopping ban took hold.

She formed rules that included what she could and could not buy, as well as an “approved shopping list” of a few specific items that she knew she’d need to replace in the near future.

The ban started on July 7, 2014, on the morning of her 29th birthday. From there, the book is divided by month, recounting the various lessons learned throughout the year.

It was a tough year, not least of all because she was unable to shop. Flanders jumped into decluttering her home immediately, which may seem counterintuitive when one is unable to buy anything new, but actually helped her to realize how much she already had — and how much money she’d wasted on unnecessary purchases over the years.

Several months later, she was hit hard by news of her parents’ divorce. It led to depression that, in the past, she would have masked with alcohol, but now found herself having to face head-on.

She began wishing she’d spent more time learning useful skills such as sewing, gardening, preserving, and car maintenance from her parents.

It’s interesting to read her thoughts on how giving up shopping affected relationships. We are friends with people for many different reasons, and often enable behaviors in each other.

Over the year, Flanders gains new skills, gets rid of 80 percent of her belongings, lives on roughly 51 percent of her income, and travels more than she even thought possible.

She ends up quitting her day job and starting her own full-time writing business — something that would’ve been impossible prior to the shopping ban.

The book was a quick read, although the subject matter isn’t light. The book is real, raw, and full of the painful experiences and lessons Flanders has to deal with.

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

Buy the book from amazon here

My Thoughts
This book is like reading a letter of advice from your best pen pal. The author doesn’t overload you with big words, fancy data, or long chapters, but rather speaks to the reader as if the two of you were sharing a cup of coffee. Her advice is practical and her emotion is raw.


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