Monday, January 10, 2011

#BookReview: The Frugalista Files - Natalie McNeal

It's like a grown up version of The Broke Diaries meets Sophie Kinsella! - Me

Yep, I said that.  The whole time I was reading The Frugalista Files it reminded me of Angela Nissel's The Broke Diaries, but a more mature version.  And author Natalie McNeal adds just the right amount of humor to dance along the periphery of Sophie Kinsella-dom.  All in all, it's an unbeatable combination.

So what happens when a single thirtysomething wakes up one day and realizes that her debt is out of control?  If she's smart, and our author is brilliant, she sizes up the situation and takes control of it.  What started as a 28-day plan (props to the Frugalista for trying this in the shortest month of the year) to stop spending frivolously turned into a year long journey.  Luckily for us, the Frugalista is also a journalist by trade and blogs about her adventures along the way.

What this is not: Your average financial planning guidebook.

What this is: A funny, truthful look at how spending a few dollars here and there can really add up and what you can do to stop spending and start saving.

My favorite tip:  "Friends often have similar taste.  Shake 'em down when they are moving and vulnerable."

What did you like about this book?
It wasn't preachy.  I hate reading books about saving money that make me feel like I'm being lectured to by a stodgy codger in a smoke filled interrogation room.  Instead, it was like getting a glimpse into a friend's diary and saying, "wow, I could totally do that!"

What didn't you like about this book?
Um, it ended.  Yeah, yeah, I know I can I follow the author on Twitter @frugalista or visit her blog at, BUT the book was really entertaining.

What could the author do to improve this book?
A sequel? Another book about whatever moves her?  Either is acceptable.

Published January 2010
Disclosure: Galley received from publisher.

Theme: Money's Too Tight to Mention by Simply Red

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