After purchasing this Kindle edition and then reading that one of the authors used to enjoy dressing in cobalt blue and drinking blue cordial whilst she was sitting in a blue plastic clam shell ....I thought " Oh boy ! here is a waste of AU $12.00 " However was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this delightful and humorous book as it is full of witty humour and life experiences tips,and antidotes which were once considered a learned wisdom of the elders Their advice should you accept it will help you for the rest of your life's journey
This was such a wonderful surprise! I thought I'd get a how-to of being smarter in the way I live and reducing waste - and I got that plus so much more.
First, aside of all the cool concepts and practices discussed through the book, it was just a joy to read. The authors have a fantastic, fun and entertaining writing style that was so easy to read and made me want to keep learning from them. It was as if they were in my living room drinking a coffee with me.
The 'all-in' style of the authors in their lifestyle choices was an inspiration, too. I understand why the book was called Frugal Hedonism, but I would suggest that a more descriptive title (or subtitle) be 'Finding Joy Outside Your Wallet'. The book to me was so much more than money saving tips - although there were heaps of those - it was like an antidote to today's ever-accelerating pace of life and consumption; like swapping your Porsche on the autobahn for a bicycle in a small village.
It's worth talking about the practical bits. While what I got out of this was more a mindset shift than a lot of behaviour tips, there were heaps of those too! The book is jam-packed with things you can try straight away to keep a few extra coins in your pocket as well as things to talk with your friends and family about trying out. I've bookmarked the 'extra resources' section and intend to spend a lot more time there picking up extra ideas and inspiration.
Reading this was just so refreshing. It's a positive change book that encourages and entices rather than shames and preaches (mostly) which made me more motivated to enact its ways. Short chapters and amusing anecdotes and pictures made it great for a long session, but just as helpful for a quick infusion between all the busy things that you're doing while thinking about doing less.
A spectacular book! I'll be recommending this to all my friends so we can put into practice as many of the ideas as possible.
This is a really inspiring book. The main message is that becoming more frugal should not be punishing. Instead, it should be done in a chicken soup for the soul kind of way, leading to joy, wonder and contentment. It’s a very easy read but is backed by many studies (which the authors mention) from research on happiness etc. If you ever suspected that you were on some kind of unfulfilling consumption treadmill that was burning you out, not to mention the planet’s resources, give it a go. There’s a very useful list of further resources at the end. A perfect introduction to an important topic.
The usual me would think of paying more money for cheese, to get better quality, i.e. equal money paid with quality. But this book fired me up to buy cheap and enjoy it. The same logic doesn’t apply to tea, but there is decent cheap cheese.
Also, this book is about enjoying free things that I wouldn’t think of like that, exactly because they were free. Having a walk at the beach, enjoying my cosy bed and fresh air. I didn’t look at free things as being that worthy compared to things I had to pay for.
This book is absolutely perfect! Filled with so many different ideas and there is something for everyone! The format allows you to take what resonates and leave the rest. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in living a more conscious life!!
I enjoyed this book. Although the very urban dwelling authors' situations are vastly different to my own rural existence, there was still plenty of good ideas to inspire positive change within my own context.