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About The Frugalista

08182010Natalie McNeal092 lr About The FrugalistaSeasoned journalist Natalie P. McNeal created and launched personal finance blog, The Frugalista Files, in 2008. She spent a month without getting her hair done, eating out or getting a manicure or pedicure. She saved $400 and took a “vow of frugality.”

Through her blog, Natalie teaches people how to live the frugal and fabulous life. Her blog has been noted by the New York Times, Financial Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post , Essence.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald and Tallahassee Democrat. She’s served as a guest on CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, CBS-4 and Miami Herald web television. The word frugalista was named a finalist for Word of the Year by the Oxford University Press. She is the savings expert for geezeo.com, a financial site.

The Howard University graduate is a sought after public speaker on career development and saving on college campuses. Her work at the Miami Herald covering Caribbean-American politics in South Florida earned her a United Nations fellowship to Belo Horizonte Brazil. She is a past Donald Reynolds Foundation business fellow. She owns the trademark for “Frugalista.”

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aambrose January 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Learned about your site via Essence Magazine January 2011 issue… just ordered the book and can’t wait to get it! I’m always looking for new ideas of how to live life to the fullest on a budget! Thanks for promoting such a much needed cause!


apeace January 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I am loving the this site now pray that i can become a frugalista like you!!!


Tracy February 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I just finished and enjoyed your book and passed it along to a friend. I thought a book you might be interested in, or a website, is The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno. He avoids consumption by keeping his personal possessions low. While I do not want to do exactly what he does, I did take to heart some of ideas he advocated. I think the Challenge could work well with your no buy month. Sadly, I just finished your book and Feb will not work as a no-buy month for me. Maybe next month!


The Brand New Mommy February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I Love the book!!!!!

Thanks for the empowerment — wanna interview your for the BNM. Let me know when.


Sistersami March 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

LOVED the book! I have just finished my first “no buy” & did pretty good. Scary thing is that I was spending in excess of $2000.00 of our monthly income on stuff I could not afford! I have no choice now but to get with reality & stop accumulating debt (means lot’s of “no buy” months in my future) & eventually start paying down my mountain of debt. Thanks for inspiring me!


iwishmamahastoldme March 26, 2011 at 5:54 am

Hi Natalie, I found an article about you tonight in “Black Enterprise Magazine” it inspired me to look at your blog which I found very entertaining, fun and helpful. I write a blog about couponing, tips, and saving. However is is not as polished as yours is. I want to receive your email so I will sign-up. Thank you for such great information. Blessings, Jean


rosannepm April 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

Just read your book and loved it and your personality! Was hard to put it down-not getting much else done but reading it. I’ve been a Frugalista all my life and wondered if you were able to make more money by leaving the newspaper and going out on your own? Did you ever hit 6 figures?


City Rocka June 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I want to give being Frugral a try thanks to you. I just need to think of what I want to give up—I indulge in so much!


vanessa29 August 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I just checked your book out from my local library when i was looking for financial books and I have not put it down since!
Thank you for writing a book that is funny, do able and realistic.


juiceecovergirl August 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I checked out your book from the library and it is very interesting. So far I am headed in the direction of doing a no-buy month, but just haven’t decided which month to do???


Revel Mama February 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

I heard you on NPR, and got inspired. Although I’m frugal to begin with, I love a challenge so I’m looking forward to no-spending February (and am admittedly relieved it’s a short months)!


Misty December 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Just another thought along these lines but Dave Ramsey shows you how to get out of debt quickly! I love your book though! It is a great one to read if you want to learn how to live within your means. I love how Natalie shows how that can be done and still live :-)


pigirl January 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

I just bought the book and 2013 is my year. Thank you for sharing your story.


charles anthony April 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

i love it


Sabline Carbaugh April 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I just found your blog and am very excited to read more! My life (work and personal) is all about learning how to live on a budget but feel fabulous while doing it. I saw your blog and felt like I found a friend with the same love and passion that I have. I look forward to being able to learn from you and share ideas.


Precious May 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I drop a leave a response whenever I appreciate
a post on a site or I have something to add to the discussion.

Usually it is triggered by the fire displayed in the article
I looked at. And after this article About The Frugalista | The Frugalista.

I was actually moved enough to post a thought ;) I actually do have a few
questions for you if it’s okay. Is it simply me or do some of these responses appear like left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing on other places, I would like to keep up with you. Could you list the complete urls of all your public sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?


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Felicia July 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hello I am reading your book now and I love it I am not ad disciplined as you yet but I’m working on it. Its nice to have a resource that start where you start most programs or books are made for individuals with money already, I am loving this book thank-you!


Christine November 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hey Natalie!

I have been feeling really stressed about my finances lately after quitting my job to get my masters, and you have been very inspiring and encouraging! You make financial responsibility sound fun :-) I loved reading your book and I am so glad that I can continue getting your tips through your blog. Thank you very much!



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