The Frugalista Files by Natalie McNeal

Release Date: January 1 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 5 yaaa I loved it
Cover Thoughts: It's perfect.
Be sure to check it out on goodreads.

My Review:
When I signed up to review this book, I didn't realize it was a Harlequin. My original thoughts on a Harlequin published book was that it was all things I do not read (an adult book, not my YA). And so I was really debating on even reading it, by the time I got around to looking at the actually book (because I totally just went off the cover and not the synopsis), I had almost convinced myself not to read it. But I want to build my relationship with NetGalley, so I decided to give it ago. BOY am I so glad I did. What a read!! I HIGHLY highly recommend it.

It was so refreshing and fun to read. I would compare it to the Shopaholic Book Series, except that the main character in the Shopaholic Series was conceited and annoyed me, so I barely could stand reading the books. But Natalie is a wonderful woman and so Empowering! I book-marked 14 spots in her book, I never book-mark and I hardly ever quote. But this book just has so much stuff in if I want to remember. Debt has been such a huge thing on my mind lately, especially after Mr. and mine latest shopping spree and Christmas Presents which have set us back $1000!

Comparing myself to her, I don't make as much money as her, but I have a double income and she doesn't. My rent is $55 bucks more than hers and well she took her debt from $20,000.00 to $14,000.00 in 10 months! That is simply amazing!! TEN MONTHS! I can not wait to buy the hard copy of this book and reread it. It will become another one of my book bibles (I also have The One Hundred by Nina Garcia as a bible!)

This book completely inspires me and I know I can do better with Mr. and mine's money. WAY better. If she can manage that much in 10 months we can be out of debt by September 2011. But I am totally getting off topic here.

The Frugalista Files is actually a blog and if you haven't heard of it SHAME!!! LOL jk.. seriously though I always check it out when I am depressed about money and need a pickier upper. Some of my favorite quotes are the following but aren't limited to just these :)

"Fun, fashionable and frugal is my mantra. What else is there to life?"

"One of the panelists suggested that we each spend 3 hours per week taking care of our personal financial matters. At first, that seemed like a long time. Borderline obsessive. After I thought about it, it's not."

"Find solutions to your problems. Instead of just whining, moping or complaining about a problem, I find solace in finding a solution for it. When I find a workable solution to whatever is bothering me, I feel smart."

"It's not enough to become a great chef. Nowadays, people would rather eat at a restaurant of a chef with a kick-ass website. People judge you by your online presence and the online reviews of your work."

This is so true, it's how Mr. and I decide pretty much everything we do!

"Never trust a man who makes you sit on his lap and ask for favors. Santa is not fooling me."

Her opinion of Christmas shopping!! Loved this part!

Recipes I got from the book
1. Salmon
nuked in the microwave with butter, seasoned salt, garlic salt and cayenne pepper
2. Asparagus
stir-fried with a little bit of garlic and olive oil
3. Preheat the oven to 450F. Wash and slice at least 2 potatoes medium thin. Put the slices on a foil-covered baking sheet. Toss the potato slices with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic salt, pepper and Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Slice a small lemon and randomly put the slices on top of the potato slices. Pull the leaves off a few fresh oregano stems and place on top of the potatoes. Cover the potatoes with foil and bake until tender, about 25 minutes, checking every 10 minutes.

Websites and articles she mentioned that I totally want to find.
The Crushed Grape Report - awesome post on affordable wines to drink.
Dollars and Sense - Panel

To wrap up I will use one last quote

"So, the moral of this story: work smarter, harder and never be afraid to take an educated risk. It pays off."

BE sure to check out my quote on my Teaser Tuesday HERE. Leave me a comment on what you think, this was a long review.

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