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The Year of Less

Cait Flanders gave up shopping (and take out coffee) for a year. It turned out to be the most difficult year of her life — and not for the reasons you’d expect. Cait Flanders is the author of The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. She joins us today to talk about her shopping ban, and the important life lessons she learned along the way.

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Episode 62 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[1:53] Featured interview with Cait

In this conversation, Keith and Cait discuss:

  • How Cait got out of debt before the Year of Less
  • The rules behind Cait’s shopping ban
  • How the shopping ban got harder as Cait’s life got harder when Cait lerned her parents were getting divorced
  • Cait’s Black Friday slip
  • What Cait learned from the shopping ban
  • Why the shopping ban was more of a browsing ban

[32:30] Cait’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? 

  • Go for a walk or hike every day
  • Go to bed early and wake up naturally

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? 

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote  

  •  “We need much less than we think we need.” attributed to Maya Angelou, but source not available
  • “What consumes your mind controls your life.” Cait adds “and your finances.”

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

  • Taking a long Epson Salt bath

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? 

  • As someone who helped people to realize that it’s possible to change your life, but it’s not always going to be easy.

[38:15] Where to find Cait

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