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  • Meet the Frugalwoods

  • Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
  • By: Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day - as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends - they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over 70 percent of their joint take-home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely memoir, great narration

  • By C. Brown on 03-17-18

More of an autobiography than finance book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Downloaded this because I heard great things about their story from a few podcasts and thought it would tell the story of how they became financially independent. I am not a follower of their blog, so I don’t know or care about the frugalwoods personal lives per se, but wanted to hear how they achieved FI. After a few chapters of listening to what was more of a personal journal entry about college and moving to New York, getting jobs, etc. I grew bored. I started skipping ahead chapters in hopes to get to some meatier info, but a few chapters in and I learned very little and stopped listening. Maybe it picks up later but if you’re interested in learning more about FI I would suggest looking elsewhere.

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