The Year of Less is Available for Pre-order!

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

Well, friends . . . today’s post is a special one. There aren’t many times in your life that you’re able to announce your book is available for pre-order. In fact, there is only one time that you’re able to announce your first book is available for pre-order. Today is that day for me, and I am thrilled to share the good news: The Year of Less is coming out in just six weeks (January 16, 2018), and is now available for pre-order in FOUR regions!

Canada: | Indigo

The USA: | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Powell’s

The UK: | Waterstones


I can’t begin to describe how it feels to be typing these words. In some ways, it still feels like a dream. A few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I would ever get the opportunity to turn part of my story into a book. And even when I started working with my literary agent, I couldn’t have imagined the book would become what it is today. Here’s the description you’ll read on all the sales pages:

In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy-only keeping her from meeting her goals-she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.

The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food—and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she’d spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.

The first two paragraphs might make you—my longtime readers—think the book is just a story about the shopping ban. But the shopping ban is only the timeline. The real story is all the stuff I wasn’t comfortable sharing with you that year. It was too hard; too real; too emotional. I needed time and space from it all, before I could finally put pen to paper. Now, with the help of my agent and editor, I’m finally sharing it in The Year of Less.

I shed a lot of tears while writing this book. There are stories here that I haven’t shared with some of my closest friends, and I still feel a little anxious about putting them out into the world. But YOU have taught me, time and time again, that those are the stories we need to share with one another. It gives us something to relate to, helps us feel less alone, and maybe even gives us ideas for how to change our own lives for the better. I mean it when I say I’ve gotten some of my strength from you.

When I look back at the posts I have been most nervous to publish, over the years, all I remember is how supportive you were. The Year of Less feels like my most vulnerable post x 100. So yes, I’m a little anxious and slightly terrified, and am pretty sure I won’t sleep much the week of January 16, 2018. But I’m also really proud of the work I’ve put into this book. I shed a lot of tears, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

And now . . . it’s available for pre-order! And in six weeks, we’ll all be holding it in our hands.

I shared this news with my email list back in July, so you might have already pre-ordered your copy. But my list has grown by about 40% since then, and there are also so many updates to share: like that you can now order the Kindle version! And the audio CD! (It will be available on Audible on the release date.) And it’s available in Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia! I got so many requests from readers in Australia in the summer, so that last part makes me extra happy.

Thank You for Your Support, Friends!

I wouldn’t be here without you. And thank you to the amazing group of friends who read and endorsed The Year of Less. If you’re curious what they thought of it, here are the kind words you’ll find inside the book. I think you’ll recognize more than a few of these names. :)

xo Cait

“If you’ve ever felt there must be more to life than consumerism and its vicious cycle, you’ll find inspiration to break free in The Year of Less. Cait’s highly readable and personal story is encouraging, challenging, and unbelievably helpful.”
– Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less

“Cait Flanders is a brave woman. As I read, I cried. But my heart also brimmed with joy. For anyone who doesn’t think they can, Cait’s story shows that it doesn’t matter where you start, only where you go from there.”
– Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Til Debt Do Us Part and author of Debt-Free Forever

“Cait’s audacious goal—a yearlong shopping ban—has sparked a deeply personal book full of lessons for all of us on finding more fulfillment and meaning in our lives (without all the stuff!). A game-changing read for anyone searching for simplicity in our consumer-focused world.”
– Rachel Jonat, author of The Joy of Doing Nothing

The Year of Less is beautiful, vulnerable, and real. Cait’s words inspired me to be braver in my writing and life, and I’m sure it will inspire you too.”
– Tammy Strobel, author of Everyday Adventures Journal and You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)

“Cait comforted herself with alcohol, binge eating, and compulsive shopping, then finally said, ‘Enough is enough.’ This isn’t another book about how to live with less, but instead a heartbreaking and then a heartwarming story that shows us if we are willing to let go of the things we think we need, we can have a life we really want.”
– Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity

“Creating meaningful change in your life takes significant time and effort, and in this book Cait shares a deeply intimate view into just how substantial that change can be. If you’re looking for inspiration and practical examples of how to take steps toward a better future for yourself and the people you love, The Year of Less will give you that and so much more.”
– Anthony Ongaro, founder of

“This book is such a gift. A gift for anyone who’s ever wanted to change but has been afraid-afraid to fail, afraid of what we might discover about ourselves as we strip back the layers, and afraid of what will happen if we don’t. Cait writes beautifully and honestly about the work of creating a life with less, and gives you permission to step off the ever-revolving carousel of compulsive and mindless consumption and into the goodness that lies on the other side.”
– Brooke McAlary, host of The Slow Home Podcast and author of Destination Simple

“An inspiring story of how one woman overcame the obstacles of addiction—to shopping, alcohol, and food—to create a purpose-driven life. You will walk away ready to change your life and with an understanding of why embracing less will set you free.”
– Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods

  • Cait –

    Congrats! I preordered on iBooks a while ago, are those preorders eligible for the bonuses?

    • Thank you, Melissa! And yes, absolutely! Whatever you have that can confirm the order (screenshot, anything), just forward it to the email address listed above. :)

  • Cait!
    I’m so excited to read this! I’m on my own book-buying ban, but my birthday is Jan 12th and my family is gifting it to me!

    Sending you gigantic hugs and congratulations! This is BIG! Thank you for your bravery and authenticity. You inspire me so much!

    • Ahhh, I love that my book will be part of your birthday, Christine! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. <3

  • Congratulations! What a fantastic achievement! I just pre-ordered my copy and am looking forward to reading it after the rush of the holidays has receded. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us!

  • I preordered back in July, of course. I can’t believe that was five months ago and now your book will be here soon!! I’m hoping it will ship a few days early. Yes I’m impatient. LOL I want this book to be the first book added to my 50 Book Pledge shelf for 2018! I’ve said it already and I’m sure I’ll say it again… CONGRATULATIONS!! Yay Cait!!
    P.S. When I saw Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s comment, it reminded me of when I first discovered you on her website on a Sunday morning over coffee. ❤️ ☕️ 📖

    • Haha, you’re allowed to be impatient! You’ve waited a long time, my friend. Sometimes these things arrive on/one day before the release date . . . so we can both dream! And yay for Gail!

  • Cait – I am one of those who pretty much never buys books (I’ve been a faithful library borrower and haven’t bought a book in years). But this will be the one book I buy/pre-order for myself this Christmas and will be telling my friends about.

    Congratulations!!! I’m very excited to read more about your journey, have an even wider audience learn from your journey and the upcoming opportunities for you to share your wisdom and messages on a broader scale. *huge hugs*

    • That is so kind, Tiffany! I’m honoured—and also grateful for the emails we’ve exchanged this year! Hope you’re well, and enjoying the start of the holiday season. <3

  • Hi, I pre-ordered your book from Germany, so it seems possible from nearly everywhere in the world!
    Congratulation, I’m looking forward to read it!

  • Just pre-ordered and I’m so excited to read your book Cait! I’ve been following your journey for years and am amazed at what you have overcame and accomplished. I’m sure the book will make all of us love you even more!

    • That is so kind, Chelsea! Thank you for ordering it, and for following along for all these years. <3

  • Congratulations! Is there a Kindle version available? Or can we order to other country than the four you told? Or can someone receive and send it to me? I would love to read the book! Thanks!!!

  • Yay! I’ve just pre-ordered it. Can’t wait to read it when it arrives on my kindle, right in the middle of our summer holidays here in New Zealand :D Perfect time of the year to be inspired. Congratulations!

    • I’d love to, but don’t have anything scheduled yet! I’ll share updates if/when I have them. :)

  • Congrats! Will be getting an Amazon gift card for Christmas so will definitely order your book. Excited because I have been following you for years!

  • Cait, I’m so proud of you! And excited! And envious (because you fit so well in this gorgeous life you’ve created)! Beautiful, beautiful job!!
    Much love!

  • Congratulations on becoming an author! I asked both my public library system and the academic library where I work to order copies.

  • It was kismet. In my efforts to save money, one of the things I do is look through the new releases and upcoming releases and then I place holds on them at the library so that i”m closer to the top of the list. Last night I was doing this and I SAW YOUR BOOK!!!! I didn’t even check the library, I just clicked pre-order. I did a shopping ban a couple years ago for just over a year and it was your blog and ban that inspired me and guided me on how to make what my rules would be. It was a no-brainer to buy the book because I feel like I got so much content and value from you already for free. And now! I come to check out what you’re up to and see that you JUST posted this AND that there’s going to extra content AND that there’s pre-order bonuses! C’mon now Cait!! :) Anyway, long post but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! ps. i’m glad it’s out so soon. I can’t wait.

  • Dear Cait, I live in the Netherlands and therefore it is easier for me to order your book on My question is if I can have your free bonuses if I send you my confirmation email to you. Thank you for answering my question.

  • STOKED. You were the person that kicked off my whole minimalism and personal finance blog reading about two years ago. I’ve finally started my own journey for real now. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally start following everything I read, but I’m here now.

    I stumbled on your blog when I was on my first maternity leave and holding my kiddo while he napped. I’d snuggle up with the baby and read “Blonde on a Budget” for hours.

    So, I guess…just saying thank you. You’re an incredibly inspiring person and I’m happy to support anything you create!

  • DElighted to see this post… but a bit ‘awwwed’ too: as I logged on today simply to confirm the URL (as I am preparing a resource list for my year of buying nothing starting in mid-January). I hadn’t followed Cait for a few years, but her budget journal was so eye-opening that it set me on a better budgeting course. Now my conundrum – to buy the new book or not to buy the new book as it’s technically coming out the first day after my year of buying nothing :-)?

  • Congrats Cait! I’ve followed your blog for many years but I’ve never posted a comment. You helped me live with less and be debt free.
    I just pre-ordered your book! I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to read it.

  • Your book is also available for pre-order as a Kindle ebook on (Germany) for people like me in Europe who can only order English-language ebooks from the German Amazon site!! (I am in Switzerland.)

  • I was already looking forward to your book, but after hearing you on the Slow Home Podcast, I am even MORE excited!

    I really want to pre-order but it is not yet showing on Audible as being available for pre-order. I’d love to support you (and get the bonuses!) but just know that I will definitely be buying the book as soon as it is available on Audible, on the release date.

    Very best wishes for the launch!

  • Soooo excited for your books to arrive! Splurged and bought one for myself and 2 as gifts for friends that are choosing to embrace the Art of Less.

    All the best on this next journey of your life :-)

  • Cait, I just finished reading your book (checked it out of my local library!) and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. It was raw, real, touching and insightful. I’m sure it took a lot to share your intimate life with the world but we are so glad you did! All the best for a wonderful New Year!

  • Hi Cait!
    Can’t wait to get my hands on your book buuuuut… over the Christmas break (a from a casual kitchen discussion with my mother-in-law) I’ve decided to stick with it & not buy anything new this year. And then I found your profile this morning & discovered your new book. The Universe is supporting me – I think it’s meant to be! My problem: how do I get a second-hand copy??? #cantbuyyournewbook #howironic
    Emma B

  • I’ve recently discovered your blog (after listening to some of your posts being read on Optimal Living Daily and Optimal Finance Daily), and I appreciate your honesty and openness about your personal journey. It’s inspiring to me as someone who is relatively new to reigning in spending, living a life with less, etc. Knowing that others have worked through this process successfully keeps me motivated to continue to simplify my own life. I can’t wait to read your new book. Congratulations!

  • I just got your book at Barnes & Noble last night on a whim while walking around as the title really caught my attention. I read about 130 pages last night, and am about to finish the rest now. I can’t believe this book is so new and that I somehow got it two days before the official release date. Congratulations! I’m so excited to finish!

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