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!
1) From Publisher’s Weekly:
McNeal, a journalist and founder of www.thefrugalista.com, 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.)
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! 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!
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!