Frugal Friends Book Club: 4 Books to Kick off the New Year – EP 267

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Books can be our turn for escape, rest, knowledge, and tangible tools that open us to endless opportunities and possibilities. Here are 4 books you may want to read as we enter a new chapter of our lives in 2023 with a strong-willed frugal mindset. 

No one can undo me and make me question everything that I know quite like myself.


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Something Old[er than 5 years]

The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

Why Jen picked it: Jen finds this book easy to read about investing. This can be reflected on how it has defined the way I and thousands of other people invest. This has helped Jen realize that you don’t need another person to manage your money for you. 

Something New[er than 1 year]

Messy Minimalism by Rachelle Crawford

Why Jill picked it: Jill loved that it emphasizes how minimalism does not mean perfection. It promotes practical minimalism wherein it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money nor does it have to only look a certain way. 

Something Borrowed [from our listeners]

I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Why Jen picked it: Picked from one of our listeners, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is Jen and Jill’s personal finance book of choice. Jen specifically loved Chapter 4 as it left a huge impact on the Frugal Friends’ values-based spending and budgeting philosophy.

Something Blue

Set For Life by Scott Trench

Why Jen + Jill picked it: This book is written by one of Frugal Friends Podcast’s previous guests, Scott Trench. This book offers a great alternative perspective on building wealth early on in life. It specifically talks about making money, and achieving financial goals at a younger point in life–giving the young ones options. 

A book that made us question everything that we know

As Jill is not much of a book reader, her journal is what she considers a book that holds many things. While for Jen, the book Cultish by Amanda Montel intrigued her as it talks about social media influencers, the language they use, their followers, and how all of these elements have cult influence. 

Bill of The Week

Thank you Patti from Canada for sharing your bill about your parents paying for an assisted living location in Denver. And congrats on your paid for mortgage!

Thanks so Much for Listening!

Thanks so much for listening! Many of you know we have a private community where we do monthly money challenges and offer accountability groups. We want to congratulate one of our members for a big win:

To my surprise….

Something actually came up that I did not want to make time for in my schedule this week. So I said “No”

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