The Book The Year of Less is a Must Read + Giveaway

A few years back a fellow personal finance blogger began a journey that I watched closely. I read her posts and updates and even had conversations with her as we would see each other on occasion at events throughout Toronto. It was quite the journey to watch. She documented much of it on her blog. She went on a spending fast, had rules and began to live a life well I was envious of in many ways. I still have a way to go on my own personal journey. So when I learned Cait Flanders was writing a book, I didn’t ask for a copy, I went to Indigo and bought one. That is right I paid for the book. Now, this post is sponsored as there is an upcoming Twitter party but I wanted to share that I have been a fan and follower of Cait’s for years now. Her book The Year of Less is a must read.

The Year of Less takes you on a journey. It’s the journey that Cait took. It’s the story of failure and success, the story of lessons learned and how her mindset changed along the way. Cait was typical of the average Canadian, in debt and shopping quite often. Does that sound like anyone you know? I know more than a few just like that.

Have you ever thought about being more mindful of what you buy? Have you ever thought of doing your own shopping ban? Cait wasn’t the first person I know who did a shopping ban. In the last ten years, I have been blogging I have seen more a number of friends take them on, some for a month, some for a few months and some truly adopted the minimalist lifestyle and worked into their lives. It can be done.

This Thursday night Cait Flanders, Blogger and Author have partnered up with Tangerine Bank for a Twitter Party that I think will be a great conversation about mindful spending, about how we shop and so much more.

Do join us for that great conversation and in the meantime here on my blog, I am giving away a copy of her book.

Entry is simple and is open to Canadian residents.

Leave a comment and let me know what do you think of mindful spending? Would you ever consider a shopping ban?

*Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 15th at 8 pm EST.

* I have been given a copy of her book to give away. I will also be participating in the #MindfulSpending Twitter Chat.

7 thoughts to “The Book The Year of Less is a Must Read + Giveaway”

  1. For a number of years now we have not purchased much at all. It helps that I hate shopping, other than for groceries which I quite enjoy, but even then it must be on sale and necessary. We are very happy with our minimal expeditures. No worrying about clothes shopping more than once every two or three years or so (if we need anything)!

  2. We pretty much started this year with a 'shopping ban', at least on most things, and if we do splurge, it comes out of our very limited weekly budget we implemented, which is helping a lot too. It makes us ask a lot more on 'do we really need this'. Additionally, we are clearing out the house, and selling lots and lots of stuff. It's slow work, but it's how we are funding the weekly budget, and buying groceries is a great incentive to get stuff sold!

  3. we are on a VERY tight budget, therefore, I am always mindful on what I spend! I worry a lot about finances, and the future. i try to keep spending to a minimum and weigh my wants versus my needs.

  4. I love the idea of a shopping ban. I think that I could do it quite easily. Getting my husband and daughter on board would prove to be difficult. I do enjoy a challenge though ? I already question every purchase and perhaps suffer from buyers remorse even though it may be an essential that I have purchased. Any tips to get the rest of my family on the same page would be greatly appreciated.

  5. I love the idea of a shopping ban but the hard part would be keeping to it.
    I know that, I myself need to focus on wants versus needs. It would be great to develop a minimalist lifestyle.
    This book looks like it would be great in working towards a life of less spending and more savings.

  6. I do LIKE the idea, but I am not sure I could pull it off totally! I would 100% need to research more and possibly incorporate at least some ideas into my life 🙂

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