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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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  • 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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  • Emilie M.

    Moving and inspirational!

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  • Manon B.

    I love how this book is just a funny memoir instead of one of the many books telling you how to do things. It was a very enjoyable read and the narration was great.

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  • Zaheer K.

    Initially I thought this book is not for me, I absorbed into listening as the it progressed and found it very interesting. I have some knowledge of project management and the way the author applied the concepts / technique to improver her own life style is commendable. I learnt a lot from this book, the narration is excellent. I like to share this book to my daughters and also advise to listen author’s podcasts. Thanks to audiobooks.

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  • Katia R.

    Inspiring book

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  • Debbie POTTER

    I don't know why I picked this title, but I am so glad I did. if it didn't go against the grain of the book I would probably buy the real world version. but I am inspired and motivated to try it. I think it is an interesting read even if you don't want to follow in Cait's steps, however I think we could all do with consuming less

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  • Sharon M.

    Fantastic, Inspirational, Real, Mind Provoking

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