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Author: Elizabeth Willard Thames Narrator: Ann Marie Gideon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780062800800
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The deeply personal story of how award-winning personal finance blogger Elizabeth Willard Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life, and retire to a homestead in the Vermont woods at age thirty-two with her husband and daughter.

In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day—as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends—they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over seventy percent of their joint take home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog.

In less than three years, Elizabeth and Nate reached their goal. Today, they are financially independent and living out their dream on a sixty-six-acre homestead in the woods of rural Vermont with their young daughter. While frugality makes their lifestyle possible, it’s also what brings them peace and genuine happiness. They don’t stress out about impressing people with their material possessions, buying the latest gadgets, or keeping up with any Joneses. In the process, Elizabeth discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stems from disavowing our culture’s promise that we can buy our way to "the good life." Elizabeth unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever-more products at ever-higher sums.

Meet the Frugalwoods is the intriguing story of how Elizabeth and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn’t for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence at age thirty-two. While not everyone wants to live in the woods, or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our time and money and lead more meaningful, simplified lives. Following their advice, you too can live your best life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Ann Marie Gideon warmly delivers author Thames’ encouraging call to create a deep sense of fulfillment by living frugally…Gideon’s blend of enthusiasm and a down-to-earth-tone conveys Thames’ rich descriptions and sobering observations on societal values, which underscore Thames’ inspiring message about spending less and craving less. An informational and rewarding listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An accessible, thoughtful, and transformative philosophy of intentional financial living. Thames shares her journey of finding financial freedom on her own terms.”

    Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life

  • “I defy anyone to read Meet the Frugalwoods without a highlighter in hand, taking notes, and starting in-depth conversations with their loved ones.”

    Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial

  • “A remarkable and inspirational journey, not of deprivation, but of joy, contentment, spirituality and, of course, financial independence. Along the way you’ll be inspired, and you just might see a new path for yourself.”

    J. L. Collins, author of The Simple Path to Wealth

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Elizabeth Willard Thames is the personal finance blogger behind the award-winning At thirty-two, she abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced extreme frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life. She earned BA degrees in political science and creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MA in public administration from American University. She previously worked for ten years in the nonprofit sector as a fund raiser and communications manager.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Gideon, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is a professional actress based in Atlanta. She received a BFA in theater performance from the University of Memphis and trained at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Throughout her college career, she gained professional experience by performing at Playhouse on the Square. Soon after, she toured across the country with the National Players and then landed in Atlanta, Georgia, with Georgia Shakespeare. She is now expanding her career into voice-over work, film, and television.