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You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    I'd heard of Tammy Stroebel and have dipped my toes into her Row

    I'd heard of Tammy Stroebel and have dipped my toes into her Rowdy Kittens blog over the last couple years so was super excited to find her new book on the shelf as I was browsing for the perfect trans-atlantic reading companion for my flight home. Before we left for our holiday my husband and I had started to feel weighted down by all our stuff; a physical abundance and most of it schmutter.

    I read Tammy's book continously throughout the entire flight and returned home with fresh zeal to simplify my home and other areas of my life where things are feeling a little crowded.

    If you're starting to feel that life is getting on top of you, your possession are overcrowding you, and you're trapped in a overspending spiral this book is for you. Peppered with the author's personal narratives and sprinkled with interesting stats that will open your eyes, this book is an easy but oh so insightful and inspiring read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    a guide to simple living

    I have been following Tammy Strobel's journey towards simplicity on her blog, Rowdy Kittens, for about a year and a half. I find her story to be one of reality and inspiration. Her book has a personal, friendly feel. It takes you into her relationship with her husband and partner in the simplifying process, Logan. It gives the reader a look at their "downsizing pains". How they help each other understand what their real goals are and how to set small actionable tasks to achieve them. Tammy encourages the reader to define their own individual version of happiness and simplicity. To facilitate this process Tammy includes micro-actions at the end of each chapter.
    Also included are stories and different perspectives from interviews that she has conducted. Factual data from scientific studies broadens the scope.
    I enjoyed her book and it helped me realize that simplifying ones life is a process which entails excavating your true feelings, values and actions. It encourages and leads the way for others who are looking to live a more honest and simple lifestyle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Hats off to Tammy Strobel for writing such an honest, revealing,

    Hats off to Tammy Strobel for writing such an honest, revealing, and informative book! I loved reading about her journey to simplify, reduce her consumption, and create a life that she loves. Her friendly, straightforward style is a pleasure to read. I applaud Strobel for being willing to be vulnerable by sharing all her mistakes, misfortunes, and faulty ways of thinking. Also, all of her research, factoids, and interviews with all kinds of interesting and independent people made this not only an inspiring book, but one with tons of resources.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    This book should be called "My Ironic Life: How I became a

    This book should be called "My Ironic Life: How I became a Hipster before it was cool". I have to say I am sorely disappointed that I paid $14.95 for this book. This book is poorly written and contains NO new thoughts or concepts. After the first few chapters, I felt like I'd read it all before... then I remembered watching a Netflix movie called "Happyness" which contained many of the same studies and quotes found in this book (it came out before the book). Her writing style is that of a high school graduate narrating an autobiography, except that its not in chronological order and jumps all over the map with dates. One paragraph its 2007, the next its 2010, then we find ourselves back in 2005 discussing rings... its not organized, its not unique, there is nothing thought provoking or revolutionary in this collection of web articles.

    I expected to at least have some useful information, based on the title "and how you can too". Her micro-actions again were nothing new, actions I've been doing all my life. Some of them even contradict others, for example: take public transportation or bike when possible. Um... how exactly does that save me time, stress, and hassle? That would make the commute exceptionally longer. Her evidence that this can be done by parents too- a story by her friend "Dusti Arab" about biking with kids in the trailer.. I'm sorry, but I'm not putting my son in a bike trailer and riding along the highway to get hit by a texting driver to "simplify".

    This woman is no expert on simplifying life. My take on this book- a story about a couple who jumped from one bandwagon to another. From the rat race and materialistic Californian lifestyle to the bicycling, carless, coffee shop addict, whole foods shopping, iphone using Portland hipster. She spoke nothing of saving for retirement, or what they plan to do with the debt free but hardly income producing lifestyle becomes unsustainable due to health or inability to find a place to park the "tiny home". So she doesn't pay rent for a large apartment or mortgage on a big house- great, but they're still paying rent for a place to park the trailer - I mean, tiny home. I'm all for simplying, reducing debt/being debt free, being less cosumeristic, but this was very disappointing. I was so disappointed I went back to Barnes and Noble and returned it. And I NEVER return books. Take her advice about wasting time.... save your money, save your time, and don't bother reading this book. I'm sure her blog has the same dry, bland writing available for free.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    I've given away all my other self help books because of this one!!!

    First book in a very long time that I took to heart. My house is becoming clutter free. My mind is in a better place. Toxic people and things are being let go of. Its all very liberating. And now my 10 year old son has decided to do the same. Someday I would love to buy Tammy Strobel a beer and give her a hug. Thank You Mrs.Strobel for helping me change so much in my world!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 20, 2012

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