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The Art of Frugal Hedonism

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A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More

It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous!

Yet here is a toolkit to help you do just that. A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Apply a couple, and you’ll definitely have a few extra dollars in your pocket and enjoy more sunsets. Apply the lot, and you’ll wake up one day and realise that you’re happier, wealthier, fitter, and more in lust with life than you’d ever thought possible.

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by Annie Raser-Rowland, with Adam Grubb

authors of The Weed Forager’s Handbookover 12,000 copies sold.

Welcome to Frugality Version 2.0. Never has such a compelling case been made for putting your wallet away and looking around at every other form of pleasure with freshly attentive eyes.

Annie and Adam are lifelong cheapskates who operate on the principle that enjoying life is a lot more likely to happen if you learn how to do it on little or no money. Decades of this approach saw them realise they also had more free time, savings, and flexibility than many of their more fiscally-oriented peers. Not to mention smaller ecological footprints, and blissful immunity to a raft of common modern ills, from social isolation to obesity.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism reveals their core strategies for lowering your consumption while raising your quality of life. Whether you are already challenging cultural consumption assumptions (but would love a little backup), or are looking for a real kickstart to help you revise your current relationship with spending, there is something in here for you.

“The freest and most contented people pretty much follow the advice in The Art of Frugal Hedonism.” ~ Clive Hamilton, author of Growth Fetish and co-author of Affluenza.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism is an absolute joy. It is good-natured not pious, humane not self-righteous and a guide to ethical living that makes the impossible possible. I am happy to make this my bible.” ~ Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

“An invaluable harvest of tips oozing with hedonistic wit and wonder. Packed with ideas about why and how we are to live with less to ensure we have a hell of a lot more.” ~ Meg Ulman, co-author of The Art of Free Travel

“In an age that is obsessed with consumer trinkets and oblivious to waste, the philosophy of frugal hedonism provides a welcome and necessary antidote. The simplicity of this message is profound. Be frugal and be free.” ~ Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute

B&W A5 (148mm x 210mm) 238 pages, paperback. ISBN 9780994392817. Melliodora Publishing.

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Weight .32 kg
Dimensions 210 x 148 x 13 mm

2 reviews for The Art of Frugal Hedonism

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Review by Rozie Apps, assistant editor at the UK based Permaculture Magazine.

    This is a life changing book. It is an essential guide for anyone seeking a happier life. The authors, Annie and Adam share their stories and ideas that have created their happy lifestyles whilst minimising spending.

    Our current world encourages us to buy, buy, buy, giving the illusion this will bring happiness. But when you get down to real happiness, is it really those beautiful but expensive shoes (that you’ll only wear a few times) that make you happy, or those moments exploring your neighbourhood, meeting new people, experiencing an amazing adventure with loved ones?

    This is what The Art of Frugal Hedonism does. It shows us that we can all lead happy lives without spending money and even saving it. One of my favourite chapters is ‘Recalibrate your sense’. “Recalibrate is an incredibly useful word for the Frugal Hedonist, particularly because all of us have at one time or another experienced shifts in what we receive as pleasurable.” And they don’t mean you have to go without to get the enjoyment. “An icy cold beer with a friend tastes four times as good after a gratifyingly sweaty day of working in the garden,” is the perfect example.

    I also found the chapter ‘Have a lot of things you want to do with your freedom’ another vital tool for happiness. ‘By consuming less, we have more money to spend on what we want to do. By consuming less, we have the option of doing less paid work, which gives us more time to do what we really want. And to top it off, you can do both of these things (having time and money)… so, Cake, eating it.’

    Chapters like, ‘Have less house’, ‘Indulge your curiosity’ and ‘Notice when you have enough’ have been taken onboard immediately, and I already have a bigger smile on my face, and a less stressed mind.

    I urge everyone to read this funny, engaging and crucial toolkit, so that you all may feel happier, more engaged with your lives, whilst saving money.

  2. The Art of Frugal Hedonism is like having a small firecracker in your pocket for performing guerrilla actions on everyday life that just might upend everything and put it back together in a different, cheaper, and much more interesting way. The writing is buoyant and often verges on hilarious.

    And the advice is solid. Maybe not all solutions for living on less money that you think you can do just now (even though you so CAN!) – but even if it all seems a bit much, you want to keep reading anyway.

    See the full review at Milkwood Permaculture

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