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Frugalista’s Book Buzz

by frugalista on December 28, 2010

Hi Frugalistas! I hope you had an awesome holiday! I just hung out with the maternal and it was lovely. So I wanted to remind you guys that I have a book out now, The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life! I’m really honored by some of the book reviews, so I wanted to share them with you!

bookbox 300x225 Frugalistas Book Buzz1) From Publisher’s Weekly:

McNeal, a journalist and founder of, chronicles her journey from debt-slave to empowered financier in this delightful account. A self-described promiscuous spender, McNeal finds herself buried in car and school loans and credit card debt despite a steady salary. After a frank examination of her finances, she embarks on a credit-card free month where she only pays her bills, buys food she will cook at home, and purchases gas for her car. Monitoring the cost of “insignificant” expenses, she discovers that minor, sometimes surprising, changes make a big difference and allow her to maintain her standard of living, for example, choosing to buy supermarket ready-made meals instead of eating out or cooking from scratch. She chronicles her successes (reducing utility and cellphone expenses) as well as her failures (staying within her weekly food budget), showing that making fiscally responsible trade-offs such as working overtime can easily cover the little luxuries she wants to retain. Even if McNeal is still in debt by book’s end, she is well on her way to wriggling her way out, and her example shows that gaining control of one’s expenses is within almost anyone’s grasp. (Feb.)

2) Charlotte’s Web of Books reviewed me on her blog. I was really touched by her honest review. She gave me four stars! Yay! Check out her blog and give her a shout on twitter.

3) Black Enterprise did an awesome write up! I was very nervous because the magazine does some pretty serious work, but it all worked out. Tough and smart cookies, those Black Enterprise journalists are! icon smile Frugalistas Book Buzz Also, buy January’s edition of the magazine, too!

4) Essence Magazine also quoted me for its January edition! Please, please, please run and pick up a copy of the magazine! Essence has been very supportive of my blog and I am very grateful.

5) AOL Finance wrote about how my publisher, Harlequin, is stepping into personal finance with my book. Harlequin is sharing the LOVE! icon smile Frugalistas Book Buzz

Whew! So I’m going to be book hustling for a while. I really hope you pick up a copy.  If you’re ready to take control of your finances, it’s the book for you!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

The Broke Socialite December 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

So proud of you! About to order my copy NOW!


Moneymonk December 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

I just received an email from Amazon saying your book has shipped. Cannot wait to read it over my New Year’s vacation! I’m so proud of you


Karen December 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

I’m excited because I received an e-mail yesterday saying my copy has been shipped!! YAY! Right in time for the New Year.


JD December 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

I got mine! Go Nat! Congrats on the positive feedback.


Stacey December 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congrats Natalie!


Charlotte December 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Aww! Thanks for the mention! I loved the book and look forward to reading more from you in the future!


June Sweetpea December 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Congrats! I bought the book on the 28th at Borders. I started it on the morning of the 29th and I was done with it before midnight. It was that good!!! It is also down to the wire and I needed some mojo is I embark on my own frugalista journey in 2011. I’m so glad you decided to write the book. I hope there will be more books in your future.


ImABlackPoem December 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I absolutely loved your book! I even wrote a review about it on my blog to spread the word. I hope you plan on writing another personal finance book, Natalie – I felt like I was learning with you and I don’t get that much from personal finance books :)


Frugalista December 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

@BrokeSocialite: Yay!
@Moneymonk: Thank you! I am proud of you too for your book also!
@Karen: Woot! Woot! Save money!
@JD: xo!
@Stacey: Thank you!
@Charlotte: Pleasure is mine!
@June Sweetpea: We are taking over 2011! Get ready for No-Buy Month in Febuary! #bustdebt
@Iamablackpoem: Thank you for writing and hanging in there with me!


Jamie January 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I just downloaded a copy of your book onto my Nook. I’m off to start reading after I check out more of your site.


Pink Lotus January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Hi Natalie ,
I bought your book yesterday and can not stop reading….I am thinking of starting in February……
I love to shop and love to eat out but fabulously broke so I need to get with the program and save my money.


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