Wanting to see if there were new ways of spending less and after scouring the internet, I came across the mention of this book, “The Year of Less,” by Cait Flanders. From scouring lots of pages, I don’t know where I originally learnt of this book and the positive review that was given, but I looked on Amazon and read the reviews there, which mostly seemed all positive.
I have now read the book and although this review may start of negative, it doesn’t finish off that way.
I was excited when I received this book and I could not wait to start and read it. After a few pages in, I was feeling disappointed, but I continued to read, because I was enjoying what I was reading. Although several more pages, I was still slightly disappointed, as it was not what I was expecting. I then started flicking through the pages of this book and found what I was expecting, was more near the back. So the layout of this book was not what I expected. I then mindfully read this book for what it was and not how I was expecting it and continued to enjoy reading it.
As I have not come across Cait Flanders before, reading her story before the tips at the back I was expecting, was handy for me and so the book layout worked well in the end. You get to know Cait Flanders in this book, as to what she used to spend, the debt she incurred and how she changed it all.
Through her mindfully changing her ways, she cleared off her debt and also saved money, learning how to fix some things herself and she truly discovered what mattered to her.
After learning about her year of less, you then read about how you can do it too.
I don’t know how much I will take and use myself from this book, because I am doing most of these things already, but I will definitely be using some of her tips, like only buying something when I have run out. There is also another that is a good reminder for myself; asking myself, do I really need it? before buying it. There is a useful chart in her book with questions on this line, to get you really asking this question on something you may be thinking of buying.
Although this book won’t be staying on my bookshelf, I have made the notes I need and I have enjoyed reading the book. This book I am now passing onto a friend, for her to read and when she has finished with it, she is welcome to keep it, or pass it on.