My Book, “Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living,” Publishes Today!

My book baby and actual baby, Littlewoods!

I can’t believe I’m actually writing these words, but, as of today, I’m officially a published author! My book, Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Livingis out today! Published by HarperCollins, I am beyond thrilled to share my story of realizing the joys of frugality, simplicity, and the power of wisely managing your money.

I’m going to be on NPR’s live call-in show, On Point, today (March 6, 2018) at 11am EST to discuss my book. Tune into NPR today during the program and, if you’re so inclined, call 1-800-423-8255 to chat with me live on air! Update: here’s a link to the podcast of the interview.

Many of you have already pre-ordered a copy, for which I am most grateful. And! You got a free signed bookplate from me! Fear not, for if you too would like to snare a free signed bookplate (picture of what that is at right), if you order my book by March 13, 2018 (that’s a week from today), I will happily mail you one.

I still can’t believe I managed to write a whole book and I’m really quite excited that I did! If you’d like to read the full rundown on what this experience was like for me as a novice author, check out: Announcing My Book, “Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living.”

How Do I Order Your Book?

Free signed bookplates! Get yours!

I’m so glad you asked! You can purchase my book from any of the following retailers by clicking on the below links (or you could, ya know, go to an actual bookstore 😉 ):

How Do I Get My Free Signed Bookplate?

Another great question! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Order my book through one of the above listed online retailers BY MARCH 13, 2018
  2. Forward your book receipt to this email address (AND ONLY THIS email address!!):
  3. Fill out the form I’ll send you via email requesting your name and address
  4. Wait by your mailbox for your signed bookplate to arrive (give me a few weeks to get it in the mail to you)

Hold On, Does This Book Cost Money?

My book! Plus some peonies from our garden.

Yes, this book costs money. For the first time ever, I’ve done something that’s not free. My blog is free, my Uber Frugal Month Challenge is free, all of my email/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/blog comment responses are free. This book, however, is not. And if it doesn’t fit into your overarching financial plan to purchase the book, I totally understand. If that’s the case, please ask your local public library to order it so that you can check it out and read it.

However, if buying my book does fit into your budget, I would really appreciate it! Purchasing my book is a way to support all of the work I do through Frugalwoods and it would be super nice of you. Plus, it makes a great gift for anyone in your life who could use a dose of inspiration to get their finances in order and follow their dreams (note that “get their finances in order” is listed first).

What’s In This Book Anyway?

This book is completely original material! It is NOT recycled blog posts! I wrote the whole darn thing from scratch (which is why it took me so long) and many of the chapters were rewritten upwards of a dozen times.

The book is a memoir of how I became Mrs. Frugalwoods and how I reached financial independence. It’s dramatic, funny, thought-provoking, embarrassing (for me, not for you… ) and prompts readers to ask the questions: “What would I do with my life if I didn’t need my paycheck? How can I have the greatest impact, and do the greatest good, by living my best life?”

Press About My Book!

I take this book

I’m going to be on NPR’s live call-in show, On Point, today (March 6, 2018) at 11am EST to discuss my book. Tune into NPR today during the program and, if you’re so inclined, call 1-800-423-8255 to chat with me live on air! Update: here’s a link to the podcast of the interview.

If you’re interested in hearing me discuss my book on podcasts and in interviews, you might enjoy perusing some of the following:

Reviews… From You!!

If you read my book and enjoy it, I would greatly appreciate it if you would leave a review of the book on Amazon. My goal in writing this book is to bring the message of the transformative power of frugality and simple living to a broader audience and, if you’re interested in that mission too, you can help tremendously by writing a review! Go here to leave a review. Thank you!

You can also join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by using the hashtag #Frugalwoods. Include a photo of your copy of the book if you’re so inclined (because you know how much I love photos!).

Thank You, Frugalwoods Nation!

Finally, I want to offer a huge thank you to all of you for faithfully reading Frugalwoods over the years, inspiring me with your comments, prodding me to think more deeply, and encouraging me to continue exploring what it means to live a life outside of the consumer norms of our culture. You all provide me with the motivation to continue this work, which is truly my life’s passion. Thank you!

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100 Responses

  1. Steph says:

    AHHHHH! I’m so excited it is finally publishing!!! Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Congrats!

  2. Huge congrats Liz! I’ve heard a few of those podcasts and realize that you put a ton of work into the book, so it must be so awesome to see it actually come to life. And congrats on the NPR spotlight too!

  3. Whymances says:

    Congrats! I’ve seen a friend go through the work of getting a book published. It’s a big undertaking!

  4. As long as our overnight snowstorm does not delay the delivery folks… I will be hard-pressed to focus on my work and not read your book when it arrives this afternoon! Congratulations on the huge accomplishment and thank you for the inspiration over the past few years 🙂

  5. I am so excited to read your book, Liz! I got the Kindle edition so it’s already downloaded onto my reader. Yay!!! What an exciting day, on top of so many exciting days of new parenthood (and sleepless nights!). Hoping you’re getting some rest in there somewhere!!! I’ll make sure to leave a review on Amazon! 🙂

  6. Carol says:

    Yay ordered your book today. Book depository was the cheapest option for us Aussies. Now the waiting for the delivery. Decided to work some overtime and buy it with part of my pay from the pay. I have gained so much and so enjoy your blogs that I decided to reward myself and you with the purchase. Just last month alone I did the frugal challenge and saved over$500, one in October $700 and$300 on my first one in July. I look at money completely differently. I was never a shopaholic but I now question all purchases and look to see the value in each one. I am sure your book will more than pay for itself and so look forward to it’s arrival and then lending it to my children.

  7. Amanda says:

    Pre-ordered and got the ebook today, can’t wait to read it! 🙂 Congratulations!

  8. Joanna Eaton says:

    Just started reading your book and I can’t put it down! Excited to keep reading it and learn more about your story. I really appreciate the intro and the discussion of privilege. Also, I live near the DC metro area and loved reading about your hikes! Congratulations on your book and your new baby!

  9. WantNotToWantNot says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on this long-awaited day. I’m sure the book will be as inspirational as your blog and will help people mired in trendy spendy lifestyles to see that there is another, better way. Frugality is not merely about saving money. Rather, self-imposed limitations create a deeper meaning in life on all levels. Liz, you have talked the talk, and walked the walk, and I know the Frugalwoods Nation is CHEERING for you today!

  10. Sput says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it. My library is currently acquiring three copies and I’m at the top of the holds list! Bravo on all your hard work!

  11. Congratulations! Just ordered it for my Nook and I”m looking forward to reading it over the next couple of weeks. Just got done with Ric Edelmans book and wanted to read something FI.

    I’ll put it on my blog as well.


    Mr. 39 Months

  12. Michele says:

    So happy for you!

  13. Congrats! This is so exciting!

  14. Congrats! I loved your interview with Mad Fientist!

  15. Yay I’m so excited the book finally came out!

    I was just listening to your podcast interviews on Bigger Pockets and Choose FI this morning. I ordered the book through our local library yesterday. Hopefully, I’ll get access to it soon!!!


  16. Annika says:

    I am so excited for you and looking forward to receiving my pre-ordered copy. Congratulations!

  17. Robin says:

    Congratulations Liz! I preordered my copy of your book from Amazon and it will be arriving today. I can’t wait to start reading it!

  18. Christine says:

    Congratulations! You are such a great example for your children on going after your dreams and staying focused on what really matters.

  19. Torrie says:

    Eagerly checking Amazon regularly to see when it’s going to ship out! I can’t wait! You can count on me giving a review on Goodreads for sure 🙂

  20. Christine says:

    I’ve been doing a number of online surveys the last while for Amazon gift cards to use for Christmas shopping, might have to tap into those for getting this book!! Mothers Day is coming….. Need to get a little something for me with the gift cards every so often, this is on the ‘me’ list!!!
    So looking forward to reading this book of yours!!! All that hard work of yours is paying off for you now!!! Can’t wait to get hold of it!!!! Patience…….. Hugs to those little girls of yours!!!

  21. Katrinka says:

    That was a very important point — “This book is completely original material! It is NOT recycled blog posts!” Thank you for that: I will now DEFINITELY be purchasing it!

  22. Janet says:

    Amazon says mine is waiting at my door!!! 😀 Yay!!

  23. Katrinka says:

    So sorry…I forgot to congratulate you on your momentous achievement! I SO enjoy reading your blog; I’ll be over the moon reading your book!

  24. Sandy says:

    Hearty congratulations, Liz! I preordered three copies (one each for my two adult children, one for my husband and me!) and was notified by Amazon that they’re shipping today. Can’t wait to read it!

  25. Laura says:

    I was able to pick up my fresh new copy at my local public library last week! So exciting!

  26. Lily says:

    You are on a ROLL! Look at those podcasts! I only caught 2 of them and wasn’t aware of the others.

    For readers on the fence because you can read for free here…as a blogger, there’s only maybe UHHH…100 million things I would say in a private book than posted and easily c/p in a blog post for the world to misquote. And that’s why a book deal is the ultimate dream for both fan and writer.

  27. Kristine says:

    Congratulations! I’m excited to read my copy 🙂

  28. Brenna says:

    Don’t read the comments on the On Point post! Just don’t.

    (Also congrats!!)

  29. Happy book birthday, Liz! I’m reading your book right now…

  30. Barbara says:

    Congratulations Liz! My copy should be in my mailbox tomorrow!!

  31. Vânia says:

    I am now reading your book and I’m unable to put it down. Congratulations! You are a fantastic writer. You should really consider writing fiction.

  32. Janice Richardson says:

    You had me at the Dedication Page!! …Right before the Table of Contents! Thank you. Enjoy this time! Now! Back to reading!!

  33. Congrats Liz! I ordered it from Amazon months ago, waiting with impatience since I live in Scandinavia and does NOT read your book right now. What a great world this is, being able to grow a brand of yours like that, then getting published. I used to be in publishing and normally it went the other way around – some publisher would guess your potential, then MAYBE publish you, THEN waiting for demand from consumers. We are already here, waiting for any output from your temple of Vermont wisdom. Even though I really look forward to your book, I thank you so, so much for years of life changing inspiration.

  34. Kim says:

    I ordered it from my local bookstore (here in Canada) – and got it last week! I felt very special for getting it in advance. 🙂

  35. Go Jules Go says:

    Ermergerd so excited for you!!! I ordered the Kindle version first thing this morning and started reading on my lunch break; I know I won’t be able to put it down tonight. You’re such a gifted writer and inspiration – thank you for sharing your story!

  36. Jen Daum says:

    I have a long flight tomorrow with a newborn and just downloaded my copy! I am thrilled to support you and can’t wait to read it. You have made an incredible difference in my family’s life – we are starting side businesses we are passionate about and are saving tens of thousands of dollars more each year thanks to you. Enjoy Littlewoods and the arrival of your book baby!

  37. Sandra, Italy says:

    Congrats from Italy! 😃 And what a nice list of podcasts and interviews. Publishers’ Weekly, eh?! Good for you! 👍

  38. Anne Lene says:

    Congratulations, I’m super thrilled for you.

    I love you site, and I want to support all your writing and hard work. So I just went ahead and bought your book as a kindle book a minute ago 😉

    Can’t wait to dive in 😀

    Again, congratulations 💐

  39. Kelsey says:

    I can’t purchase the book right now, but you better believe that I requested it at the library. And I’m the 9th person in line. NINTH! Looks like I’ll be waiting a while to read your embarrassing stories 😉

  40. Mandy says:

    Congratulations, Liz! I’ve ordered your book for myself (and then to share with friends and family) AND requested it from our local library for the benefit of my community. Excited to read it!

  41. Bev says:

    Got it today!!! Holding it in my hands, Liz. So excited for you, and I can’t wait to go home tonight, get my shower, make my tea, and start reading. A really big congratulations to you!!! You are awesome!

  42. The only thing wrong with your book is that it’s being delivered to my house in California today while I am on a lightning visit to Michigan so I do not have it to read on my flight home! I can’t wait to read it and am already inspired by the very fact that you wrote a book!! Congratulations!

  43. Norm says:

    Congratulations, Mrs. Frugalwoods! You continue to be an inspiration. Glad to see you are getting the word out!

  44. Arielle says:

    Many congratulations!! The ebook version is already waitlisted in the Atlanta Public Library system ;-). Looking forward to reading it soon!

  45. Yay yay yay! Thousands of congrats to you for the hard work it took to put out this book! I just downloaded my copy to Kindle and will be sure to leave a nifty review. 🙂

  46. Leah says:

    Congratulations Mrs. Frugalwoods!

  47. Mother Fussbudget says:

    Woo Hoo!! Congratulations on the book, AND on Littlewoods! Bran… uh… Mad Fientist gave me a heads up that the book was ready. Would LOVE to get a bookplate, BUT I’ll be ordering the Kindle version. Keep that bubbly water flowing, and all the best! 😉

    The Frugalwoods’ are ON-FIRE!

  48. Clancy says:

    My copy arrived today (yay Amazon!)! I have already affixed the awesome bookplate (so official!!) and cannot wait to read every last frugal-word!! Great job Frugalwoods!!!

  49. Elle says:

    Laid in wait for the postal delivery – sitting down with a cup of Joe and my copy now!

  50. Jamie says:

    Congrats on both the book baby and the real baby! Woohooo!! So exciting! This is my first comment on your blog, but I love reading and am awfully grateful for all the work you put in!

  51. Pixie says:

    Huge congratulations. I’ve had the book on the waitlist at my local libraries but today decided to see if one of my local bookstores had it–it did–and went ahead and bought it because 1) I want to read it now and 2) I’ve gotten so much out of your blog, your challenges, and all those interviews with you on podcasts and other places and your participation monthly in Martinis and Your Money, that it made sense to actually buy the book!

  52. Susan says:

    Cannot wait to read it and post a review!!!!

  53. Joanna B says:

    Congrats! I’m a librarian and actually processed your book this afternoon to start filling holds! You’ll be happy to know all our copies have holds WITH a waiting list. And we bought several!

    It’s a big day- enjoy it!

  54. Diana says:

    I really enjoyed your time on OnPoint and thought you did a FABULOUS job! Some people are just so close minded and for that their life is probably not very joyful. I applaud and thank you for all you do! Congrats on the book! And congrats on your new baby!! Keep it up girl!

  55. I pre-ordered it on Audible and I’ve just finished downloading it – can’t wait to start listening. Huge congratulations!

  56. Maureen says:

    Congratulations! On both new babies! What an extremely beautiful picture of you both.

  57. Sue says:

    Congratulations on the book! My copy just arrived today. Yay to pre-ordering!!

  58. Sue Daugherty says:

    I just read your book in one sitting on my Kindle. I loved it. Although we are at different stages of life your thought processes are so inspirational. Congratulations on a book well written with such warmth, humor, and candor.

  59. Yay! My copy arrived today! Now, this may be a strange question… is the bookplate a sticker? I assumed it was, but can’t seem to detach it from its backing if so.

  60. Jennifer says:

    My library has not received their copies of the book yet, but you might be pleased to know that there are already 16 people “in line” for it. Congratulations!

  61. Marie-Josée says:

    Congratulations Liz! It especially warms my heart to see Gracie on the book cover.

  62. Karin says:

    Congratulations!! What an accomplishment. Can’t wait to read it.

  63. Diana says:

    I really enjoyed your OnPoint segment and thought you did a FABULOUS job! I was disappointed in the comments section, but it is a reminder that close-mindedness and negativity are not parts of a fulfilling, joyful life. I applaud and thank you for the work you do and wish you the very best! Congrats on the book and your new baby girl!

  64. Piotr says:

    Congratulations! It’s a great milestone!
    All the best for all 4 of you! 🙂

  65. Fiona Chain says:

    I will have to get around to doing the bookplate application as, just yesterday the I noticed the charge went through for my purchase at amazon, I can’t wait to read your book, you are both so inspirational, passionate and the real deal.
    Kindest regards
    Fiona from Queensland, Australia

  66. Cassandra says:

    Congratulations. I love your blog and good to see you looking SO happy.

  67. Rich says:

    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading the book. I just listened to your more recent So Money podcast appearance, and it made my day when you said the first finance book you read was Personal Finance for Dummies. That was also my introduction to personal finance. Eric Tyson set me on my path back in 1997, and I’ve found that financial security really eliminates a lot of stress that so many people struggle with. Keep up the awesome work.

  68. Melissa says:

    Congrats Liz! I loved listening to you on On Point this morning as I did my four mile run- perfect timing! I also downloaded your book on Audible for listening as my runs get longer and longer towards my Chicago Marathon run in October! 🙂

  69. Can’t believe you actually wrote a book! Such a huge achievement! Congrats!

    Now wrestling with actually buying something on my kindle again, not just picking up freebies here and there… 😉

  70. Tom Marshall says:


    I received your book yesterday right on time and proudly put your signature nameplate in it. I read about half the book last night and am enjoying it. I am a retired widower and can’t implement all of your ideas but certainly follow many of them. I think your values and approach to life is refreshing in these days. Your parents should be proud of Nate and you.

  71. Terri says:


  72. Katie says:

    Congratulations- in halfway through it, ordered a kindle version (I’m in the UK). What really resonated with me were your comments about frugality when young, in the first flush of a relationship, building a life together. That’s certainly true of my partner and I, it was really insightful. Can’t wait to finish it!

  73. Casey says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been wading my way out of my own stomach bug, and home from work with my vomiting one-year old yesterday, when I was surprised with the Amazon email that I had purchased your book. (I pre-ordered in October and completely forgot the release date.) I tore through the book, finishing today at lunch. It’s wonderful, and I learned so many new things about your journey to your homestead. Nuggets of wisdom sunk in better than they have reading the same ideas on your blog (philosophy-type stuff, not frugality tips). The title is apt! And the cover is bittersweet, with Gracie standing there in the field with you. What a wild year 2018 has been for you so far! All the best to you and your family.

    • Mrs. Frugalwoods says:

      Thank you so much! I am really impressed you read it so quickly! If you’re so inclined, I’d be very grateful if you’d consider leaving a review on Amazon.

  74. monmonof5 says:

    Congratulations on your book. I ordered it from Amazon yesterday so I should have it tomorrow. I listened to your On Point podcast and I thought they were a little rough on you. It seemed that they did not GET that you are NOT saying that everyone should aspire to live the way you live, but that your real message is that each person should live according to their own values, not societal imposed expectactions. Congratulations on your new little one. Welcome to the world Sweetie. I have done your Uber Frugal challenge three times but this is the first time that I have posted a comment. Keep doing what you are doing!

  75. Barbara says:

    Ordered it today.The cheapest buy in Australia is from Fishpond.I am so impressed with your blog,your efforts and your compassionate approach to others on the same journey.Congratulations on your book I’m sure it will help others to avoid some of the traps of living pay to pay,

  76. Kentuckylady717 says:

    I will buy your book soon, but will call my Library and ask them to buy one of your books for their shelves 🙂 Looking forward to reading your book, and yes you do a great job for all you do for all of us free, and I appreciate and know all who belong to your blog does too….love your stories of the kids and things you do as a family, and ways to show us how to save money….. 🙂

  77. Jenn Meyers says:

    Hahah I can’t believe you are from St. Louis! What a funny connection!! Love the excerpt from NPR – will be buying once I can manage enough time to actually read again! 🙂

  78. Sherry says:

    Amazon shipped my book today!!!!

  79. Andrew says:

    Great piece in the Guardian!

    Unfortunately the commentary on the article reveals a complete misunderstanding of the financial independence movement. Hopefully though the article will switch a light on for UK readers about the possibilities of choosing a different path in life.

  80. Andrew says:

    PS my offer to distribute nameplates for you in the UK still stands: if you send me a pack of them I would be happy to post them on to your British readership. It would be a little contribution to the FIRE movement in my home country!

  81. BethC. says:

    Sooo-the book arrived earlier this week while I was telecommuting. As soon as I saw the Amazon box on my doorstep, I clapped my hand in glee and exclaimed. “Mrs. Frugalwoods is here!” I have been savoring a few chapters after work in the evening. I am down to the last 2 chapters and don’t want it to end. I really love the book-one of the highlights has been the humor exhibited throughout. Although I am not usually a fan of sequels, I would love to see one focused upon frugal hacks for each budget category. The infamous Soda Stream story alone would make it i best seller!

  82. What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats on achieving it.

  83. Kamille says:

    How wonderful! I devoured the book in a day and left you a five star review on Amazon. My husband and I met in college at the University of Chicago; enduring 4 years in that area was far better than your first year in NY, but not quite a dream either (a friend was mugged right on the doorsteps to our dorm and I never felt safe at night by myself as a woman). Your early chapters brought back so many memories for us – carrying groceries in the freezing Chicago winter, promising ourselves that we would do everything to save money and buy a home ASAP in a good school district, getting through law school with minimal debt, etc. You reminded us how much people sacrifice in those early years and how worthwhile it is to do so; wait for the marshamallows, kids! 😉

  84. Hi Liz,

    I’m just coming from Michelle’s blog where she interviewed you.

    I just want to congratulate on your book launch and for the great content you delivered in that interview session.

    Keep it up.


  85. Kim says:

    I just ordered the book and I’m so excited! It’s actually the first book I’ll buy in more than ten years (library reader here) but I really wanted to buy it and support your amazing website and writing skills. Soon there’ll be a copy of your book in the Netherlands (just mentioning in case you’re keeping track 😉

    • Kim says:

      The book arrived! I’m slightly disappointed there are no pictures in the book but I’m gonna make a cup of tea and bundle up at the couch and start reading right away. Your elaborate English will probably also improve my English vocabulary as an added bonus 🙂

  86. Milena says:


    I actually started reading your book before I started reading your blog, so I just found out about the bookplate. I tried to send the receipt to but it won’t let me send it! The send button disappears as soon as I add the email address. What should I do?

    I’m loving the book and the blog,
    and you are already inspiring me to make some serious changes in my lifestyle.

    Congrats on your new baby girl! 🙂

    Your newest fan,


  87. Iris says:

    Listened to your NPR appearance, and enjoyed hearing your presentation very much. I think it was partially derailed by the host and Singletary, for minimizing the notion that there is always something people can do to improve their situation, if they only have some assistance as to what that might be. Everything is a choice, and while your situation may not be a good point to start from for some, if you don’t start nothing changes.

    Besides your book, there are other resources for those in other situations, and they did not make a point of those resources. (Amy Dacyzyn’s book(s), down—to— for example). Doing what you’ve always done, will get what you’ve got. (Robbins, I think..) Kind of like the joke about why someone cuts the ends off the ham. Guy asks his wife why she’s doing that, then his mother-in-law, and when he finally get to grandma, the answer is “To make it fit in the pan”. Mindlessly doing what you’ve always done will not change the outcome.

  88. Anja says:


    I have been following your blog for a while. Today, I came across an article on you whilst reading business news.
    I couldn’t withhold it from you. It made me smile.

    BR, ABS

  89. Laura says:

    So many congratulations!! I binge read this in 2 days and can’t wait to now lend it out to friends who I know will enjoy it!

  90. Katrinka says:

    Okay, so I bought the book – couldn’t put it down – enjoyed every bit of it to the point that I DID NOT (seriously) want it to end. You must write another book – “The Frugalwoods – The Journey Continues”!

    • Mrs. Frugalwoods says:

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words! And if you’re so inclined, I’d love it if you’d consider writing a review of the book on Amazon. Many thanks!

  91. M says:

    Thanks Mrs Frugalwoods, your book was invaluable to me. I benefited reading ‘nuts and bolts’ stories of someone succeeding in creating an unconventional life. My take home message from your book was:

    It takes effort, time and dedication to be weird and it’s absolutely worth it.’

  92. Laura says:

    I finally got my copy yesterday (via and have read 3/4 of it already. It’s great, well done. Thank you for your inspiration and enthusiasm. It is heading me in the right direction MUCH later in life xx

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