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Liz’s Bio

Elizabeth Willard Thames is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog,, author of the book, Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living and a financial consultant. Thames works with clients to assess their holistic financial picture, establish clear next steps and enfranchise them to manage their money for the long-term. Thames has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, NPR, in the New York Times, Forbes, Parents Magazine and more. Prior to following her calling as a financial writer and consultant, she worked for ten years in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser and communications manager. Thames received a BA from the University of Kansas and an MA from American University. You can hire her here and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She lives in rural Vermont with her husband, their two young children and nine recalcitrant chickens.

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Liz has appeared on over 50 different podcasts and would be delighted to serve as a guest on yours.

Speaking Engagements

Liz is available for formal speaking engagements, both in person and online. For speaking examples, please see below for her television, radio and podcast appearances.

Author Events

Liz is available for book clubs, library/bookstore events and discussion groups about her book, Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living, which was published by HarperCollins in 2018.

Liz Has Been Featured On


Sustainable MinimalistsFinite Resources

Aussie FirebugFIRE with Liz Frugalwoods


Sage Parenting Podcast: Intentional Spending with Elizabeth Willard Thames

NPR’s Wisconsin Public Radio Morning Show: Gift-Giving That Won’t Break The Bank: A Guide

You Need A Budget Podcast: How to Retire and Move to the Woods Full-time

Farnoosh Torabi’s So Money Podcast: Mrs. Frugalwoods, author of “Meet The Frugalwoods”

Debt Free Guys’ Queer Money Podcast: Heterosexual Privilege and Money with Mrs. Frugalwoods

Emma Johnson’s Like A Mother Podcast: Minimalist Living for Real Moms (with Liz Frugalwoods)

FIRE Drill Podcast: Mrs. Frugalwoods on DIY, buying a rural property, the myth of used things, and simple living

MadFientist Podcast: Elizabeth Willard Thames–Meet The Frugalwoods

ChooseFI Podcast: Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving FI Through Simple Living

Stacking Benjamins Podcast:  Rethinking Consumerism (with Elizabeth Willard Thames, AKA Mrs. Frugalwoods)

BiggerPockets Money Podcast: Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 with Liz Thames

Journey To Launch Podcast: The Power of Frugality & Simple Living To Reach Financial Independence w/Mrs. Frugalwoods

The Happy Lawyer Project PodcastOn Creating an Inspirational Vision for Your Life with Elizabeth Willard Thames (aka. Mrs. Frugalwoods)

Mo’ Money Podcast: Living Your Best Life Through Sustainable Frugality with Elizabeth Willard Thames

Couple Money Podcast: How to Retire Early Together

Martinis And Your Money Podcast: Achieving Financial Independence with Liz Thames

Next Gen Personal Finance Podcast: Tim Talks To Liz Thames, Author of ‘Meet the Frugalwoods’

Paula Pant’s Afford Anything Podcast: How I Retired at Age 32 – with Liz Thames from Frugalwoods

REI’s Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast: Liz Frugalwoods

Real Wealth Podcast: Elizabeth Willard Thames, Author of Meet the Frugalwoods

Financial Grownup with Bobbi Rebell Podcast: Elizabeth Thames, “Mrs. Frugalwoods”


Forbes: How A Couple Of ‘Frugal Weirdos’ Are Saving 71% Of Their Income So They Can Retire At Age 33

Business Insider: A couple planning to retire at age 33 explain how much money they have to save Meet the ‘Frugalwoods’: The Cambridge couple planning to retire by 33

U.S. News & World Report: How To Live On $13,000 A Year

Yahoo! Finance: A couple planning to retire at age 33 explain how much money they have to save

U.S. News & World Report: The Best Frugal Household Hacks

The Billfold: How Mrs. Frugalwoods Does Pregnancy, Pet Care, & Other Could-Be-Costly Things

Time: How This Couple Is Able to Retire at Age 33

6th Annual Plutus Awards Finalist: “Blog Of The Year” and“Best Frugality-Focused Personal Finance Blog”

LifehackerKeep Weekday Meals Simple to Encourage Cooking at Home

Forbes Czech Republic: Pár „skromných bláznů“ šetří, aby mohl odejít do důchodu v 33 letech

Le Figaro Madame: Cadres, ils se privent à l’extrême pour partir à la retraite à 33 ans

Forbes Mexico: Éste es el plan de la pareja que planea jubilarse a los 33

Planet.Fr: Partir en retraite à 33 ans : le pari osé d’un jeune couple

LifehackerPractice Frugality to Boost Creativity, Not Just to Save Money

Terrafemina: Comment partir en retraite à 33 ans ? Ce couple a trouvé la solution

PlayGroundNoticias: Esta pareja ha diseñado el plan perfecto para jubilarse a los 33

MDZ Online: El plan perfecto para jubilarse a los 33 años

Lifehacker: Improve Your Budget Instantly by Accepting Imperfection How to retire in your 30s: save most of your money and rethink your core values

Globe and Mail: Carrick On Money

How Money WalksOn a Quest for Financial Independence: One Couple’s Plan to Retire by Age 33

Lifehacker: Try a Lifestyle Change for a Month to Determine If It Works For You

Cute Overload: Can’t Keep This ‘Til Nosevember 11 Habits Of The Most Frugal People I Know

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Farnoosh Torabi’s So Money Podcast: Mrs. Frugalwoods

The Mad Fientist Podcast: Frugalwoods – Making Frugality Fun

Girl Gone Frugal Podcast: Interview with Mrs. Frugalwoods

Martinis And Your Money Podcast: Frugal and Fabulous–An Interview With The Frugalwoods

Martinis And Your Money Podcast: Monthly Happy Hour