Book Review: The Frugalista Files by: Natalie McNeal

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Publish Date: 21 December 2010
Origins: Netgalley
Format: Ebook


Natalie McNeal opened her bills in January 2008 to find that she was a staggering five figures—$20,000!—in debt. Young, hip and gainfully (if Dilbert-ly) employed, Natalie loved her lifestyle of regular mani/pedis, daily takeout and nights on the town, but clearly something had to give.

And so The Frugalista Files was born. Through her blog, Natalie confessed her spending habits to the world—and it turns out she wasn't the only one having trouble balancing the budget! From the drastic "no-buy" month that kicked it all off to the career gamble that threatened to put her deeper in the hole, The Frugalista Files shares Natalie's personal and professional transformation from cubicle rat to take-charge career girl.

It is possible to get ahead without giving up on the fabulous life. This is personal finance in peep-toe pumps—the empowering true story of one woman's personal and professional transformation and your ultimate guide to living the Frugalista lifestyle, too.

I started this book in a fourteen hour plane ride (that ended up being sixteen hours), not the ideal circumstances for starting a book, your focus is fractured and everywhere on an airplane, just not good, at least for me. This book did an excellent job of keeping me focused, I read about three quarters of it on the plane. This is one of those books that inspires you, makes you want to do better, be better. As I was reading I was thinking about what I do that could be different or change.

My only complaint for this book was the complete lack of pseudo-structure. The book is written sort of diary entry like but I need a solid beginning, middle, and end. The book was sort of just one speed, pace, and feel. That just threw me off.

I enjoy the author's perspective and I hope she writes more novels in the future. I will be waiting.

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