The Year Of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, And Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything Yo by Cait FlandersThe Year Of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, And Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything Yo by Cait Flanders

The Year Of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, And Discovered Life Is Worth…

byCait Flanders

Hardcover | January 16, 2018

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The Year of LessIn 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 happy-only keeping her from meeting her goals-she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.The Year of Less 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.The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food-and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.Blending Cait's compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you're holding on to in your own life-and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
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 Oprah.com, Forbes, Yahoo!, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC News, and more. She inspires people to consume les...
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Title:The Year Of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, And Discovered Life Is Worth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.81 × 5.75 × 0.81 inPublished:January 16, 2018Publisher:Hay HouseLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Don't Know What I Was Expecting I'm happy I read this book but I don't really know what I was expecting from it? The book got quite personal with the author's personal struggles and while it was inspiring to see what she overcame and how minimalism + no spend was positive for her, I couldn't really connect to it. There were only a few pages at the end that outlined how to go about starting a no spend challenge of your own. I would recommend it for anyone starting a minimalist + no spend journey, but if you're already familiar with the movement I'm not sure how much more practical advice you'd gain from this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Memoir for Those in Their 20's 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 prior to reading this book, I still gained something from reading about her experience. Firstly, a lot of the circumstances she was facing, I find myself to be similarly facing (minus the addiction to drugs and alcohol). They may not be exact in career or personal life but they come from a similar core which I can relate to. As well, I'm a similar age to her age during this experiment so that alone makes it more relatable. This memoir does not necessarily introduce any concepts that have not been heard of or written before. But still, the society we live in encourages excess so we continue to struggle with it. This is one of those reads that although it may not be new ideas, her journey may be a different way of seeing something. If anything, twenty pages into reading this I unloaded a bag of clothes to donate that I've been keeping unworn in my closet for years and I'm hoping to do more. That in itself should make this book be considered somewhat of a win.
Date published: 2018-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Parts of this book were quite inspiring, when Cait wrote about how she actually applied her tactics for minimalism and zero spending. However, the book read like an autobiography and held a lot of information that I’m not sure was relevant to the overall message.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Inspirational! A well written memoir that inspires you to think of your own life and the changes you might want to consider making.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I purchased this after reading about Cait and listening to an interview. My copy of this book is highlighted with marginal notes. Her memoir is honest, with definite workable solutions for positive change. I would liken her to Tammy Strobel in both her candidness and ability to reach out and lead through example. It is an honest memoir celebrating the fact that we are all works in progress!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Saw this book featured on The Social and thought I would give it a try. The author gives you great ideas that make you want to make a positive change.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Super insightful and filled with some great ideas that I'd like to try
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest Memoir I felt like this book was great for giving Cait's blog-readers a gritty, "behind the scenes" telling of the events of her life. Everything was told in a baring and vulnerable manner and it provided much context to the content and thought-process for what she posted on her blog during her shopping ban years. Many of us reach a rock-bottom at some point (or throughout) our lives. It is stories like Cait's that encourage us to address the situation, pick ourselves up, and move forward to be stronger individuals, while recognizing that we are, and will always be, works in progress who deserve time & headspace to invest in self-love and our self-worth. Included at the end of this memoir are helpful tips for those who want to start (or continue) on their own mindful path. While I have been on a mindfulness journey for the past 3-4 years, this book encouraged me to embark on my own (and first) shopping ban for 2018 to learn more about myself and reap the benefits of simplicity.
Date published: 2018-01-24

Editorial Reviews

If you've ever felt there must be more to life than consumerism and its vicious cycle, you'll find inspiration to break free in The Year of Less. Cait's highly readable and personal story is encouraging, challenging, and unbelievably helpful."- Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less"Cait Flanders is a brave woman. As I read, I cried. But my heart also brimmed with joy. For anyone who doesn't think they can, Cait's story shows that it doesn't matter where you start, only where you go from there."- Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Til Debt Do Us Part and author of Debt-Free Forever"Cait's audacious goal-a yearlong shopping ban-has sparked a deeply personal book full of lessons for all of us on finding more fulfillment and meaning in our lives (without all the stuff!). A game-changing read for anyone searching for simplicity in our consumer-focused world."- Rachel Jonat, author of The Joy of Doing Nothing"The Year of Less is beautiful, vulnerable, and real. Cait's words inspired me to be braver in my writing and life, and I'm sure it will inspire you too."- Tammy Strobel, author of Everyday Adventures Journal and You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)"Minimizing belongings in my life cleared space for so much goodness to fill the space stuff once did. Cait's The Year of Less is inspiring . . . a powerful example of how transformative downsizing possessions can be, and how you can take it to the next level."- Katie Dalebout, author of Let It Out"Cait comforted herself with alcohol, binge eating, and compulsive shopping, then finally said, 'Enough is enough.' This isn't another book about how to live with less, but instead a heartbreaking and then a heartwarming story that shows us if we are willing to let go of the things we think we need, we can have a life we really want."- Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity"Creating meaningful change in your life takes significant time and effort, and in this book Cait shares a deeply intimate view into just how substantial that change can be. If you're looking for inspiration and practical examples of how to take steps toward a better future for yourself and the people you love, The Year of Less will give you that and so much more."- Anthony Ongaro, founder of breakthetwitch.com"This book is such a gift. A gift for anyone who's ever wanted to change but has been afraid-afraid to fail, afraid of what we might discover about ourselves as we strip back the layers, and afraid of what will happen if we don't. Cait writes beautifully and honestly about the work of creating a life with less, and gives you permission to step off the ever-revolving carousel of compulsive and mindless consumption and into the goodness that lies on the other side."- Brooke McAlary,host of The Slow Home Podcast author of Destination Simple"An inspiring story of how one woman overcame the obstacles of addiction-to shopping, alcohol, and food-to create a purpose-driven life. You will walk away ready to change your life and with an understanding of why embracing less will set you free."- Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods"