Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living BY  ELIZABETH WILLARD THAMES

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living BY ELIZABETH WILLARD THAMES

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Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living BY  ELIZABETH WILLARD THAMES

About the book

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living is the personal story of author Elizabeth Willard Thames, her husband Nate, and their daughter as they give up material things and transition to a life of frugality. The book follows the story of the Thames family as they give up their city life and move into a homestead in the woods of Vermont. 

Initially written by Elizabeth through blog posts, this book tells about two young professionals, Elizabeth and Nate, lead their 9-5 young urban professional lives until they achieved their dream of living in a modern homestead in rural Vermont. They reached this goal by saving a huge amount of money, equaling seventy percent of their combined take-home pay. Elizabeth documented their unconventional lifestyle of frugality—dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods—to completely shifting their lifestyle and until they retired at their homestead in Vermont at the age of thirty-two, all in three years.  

Review

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living is a recommendable book on early retirement and finance. It teaches readers how to be financially independent and how to plan early retirement with the income they currently have. It shows readers that a simple, frugal life can be fulfilling and soul-satisfying. The book embodies two young professionals discovering self-confidence and liberation from the material life that American culture has pushed through its people’s throats. At the time when American consumerism is at its peak, this book is a good recommendation for young people and families alike. It opens people into possibilities of a simple, fulfilling life. 

About the author

Elizabeth Willard Thames is the author of the award-winning blog site Frugalwoods.com. She is a personal finance blogger who has earned her BAs in political science and creative writing from the University of Kansas. She received her MA in public administration from American University. She is respected for her take on personal finance, lifestyle blogging, and early retirement. She empowers readers by showing them how to take charge of their life through managing finances. She currently lives in Vermont woods with husband Nate and a daughter.