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

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

by Cait Flanders

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Overview

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.

The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food —and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she’d spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401953522
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 43,602
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Cait Flanders is a former binge consumer turned mindful consumer of everything. Through personal stories, she writes about what happens when money, minimalism, and mindfulness cross paths. Cait’s story has been shared on Oprah.com, Forbes, Yahoo!, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC News, and more. She inspires people to consume less and live more, on her blog caitflanders.com. Cait lives in Squamish, BC, Canada, with her three loves: the mountains, the forest, and the ocean. Website: www.caitflanders.com

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 July: Taking Inventory 1

2 August Changing Daily Habits 19

3 September: Breaking Up with Retail Therapy 35

4 October: Growing Up and Apart 51

5 November: Blacking Out and Coming To 67

6 December: Crafting New Traditions 79

7 January: Rewriting the Rules 91

8 February: Letting Go of the Future 107

9 March: Lightening Up 121

10 April: Planning My Exit 135

11 May: Finding Myself in Unusual Places 147

12 June: Packing Up and Moving On 157

Epilogue 167

Your Guide to Less 171

Resources 181

Community 183

Reading Group Guide 184

Acknowledgments 186

About the Author 189

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