The Year of Less

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

eBook - 2018
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"In 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 Lessdocuments Cait's life from July 2014 to June 2015, during which time 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. What started as a simple challenge quickly became a lifeline, however, as Cait found herself in a number of 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, for so many years. By not being able to reach for any of her usual vices, Cait changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Carlsbad : Hay House, Inc., 2018.
ISBN: 9781401953522
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ultimatebrenda
Oct 02, 2018

I don't understand how this even got published. Terrible. Unhelpful. Uninspiring. A huge yawn. She goes on and on about her life. I feel she simply made common foolish mistakes as a young woman: hardly worth writing about.

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Pansy
Jul 09, 2018

Quite autobiographical, and not so interesting or inspiring although I liked the comparison of clutter to debt, once they are out of control they are hard to reign in. Beyond being motivated by spending less and decluttering there is no greater discussion regarding the implications of consumerism and environmental impact of discarding belongings, which is disappointing. It is also too bad she wasn't motivated by not wasting time shopping. She spends ooodles of time buying the perfect sweatshirt because she can only buy one. Even window shopping can be a massive time waster.

SCL_Heather Jul 03, 2018

I did not expect to really relate to this book. I read it because the author is coming to speak at our library this fall (Oct. 2018). I was surprised to find that I found quite a bit of inspiration in Cait's story and plan to implement some of the changes in my life that she made in hers.

multcolib_karene Feb 11, 2018

The author describes her book as a "self-help memoir." I found it was not helpful in terms of "self-help" and it was not interesting as a memoir. I've read much better books in both of those categories.

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Oct 02, 2018

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