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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

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Cait Flanders

5 Hours 33 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2018

Audio Book Summary

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 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.

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.

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  • Margie C

    Just finished this thought provoking way of thinking has already changed! For example, I enjoy doing needlepoint...working on a project now...was thinking I need to stop by needlepoint shop to get a particular color...I have two deep drawers of unused yarns! I have decided to change the color design and incorporate colors I already steps.....thank you, Cait!

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  • Dita C.

    Honest book

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  • Emilie M.

    Moving and inspirational!

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting but it gets a bit ripetitive at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Very inspirational. More of a memoir than I'd expected, which actually made the decluttering and mindful consumer elements of the book all the more meaningful and memorable. Great advice and helpful tips at the end too. A really enjoyable listen.

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  • Osman Raidhan

    If only I can get my wife to do this!

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  • Jessica F.

    I loved this book! I was already on a similar path regarding minimizing and budgeting but this book put a different perspective on things for me. I also took away a lot of tips to keep me successful and mindful. Also, I enjoyed the narration, this was not a boring monotone type narration. Highly recommend!

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  • Bernadett S.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I found it interesting and engaging, I think there is something in this story for everyone. A wonderful reminder how we can take charge of so many aspects of our life and make better choices that are best for us. Kate’s journey is absolutely amazing and such a great listen.

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  • Patricia C.

    Enjoyed this one.

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  • Bree K.

    Good read. Honest account of the personal challenges that created the necessity for her year of less. Also practical strategies to apply yourself. Very easy to listen to.

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