Why I wrote this book
Well, I suppose it’s pretty obvious. I wrote this book for the same reason I started this blog: There wasn’t anything else like it out there.
Special populations, including the disabled and the mentally ill, are overlooked in most aspects of life. Personal finance advice is no exception.
I’m not denigrating regular personal finance blogs. They have great advice… for healthy people. But a lot of that advice can be frustratingly unattainable for people who struggle with depression.
And when we fail to meet expectations — ours or others’ — we fall into deep misery and self-recrimination. Frankly, it really eats up our days.
So, I realized, there needed to be a book out there that was specifically geared toward depressives. Something that takes into account bad spells and common depression foibles that keep us off our game (financial and otherwise). Something that provided modified money-saving tips. Something that emphasizes that imperfect frugality is still frugality.
Preferably, it’d also stress that depression is an illness and should be taken seriously.
And since no one else seemed inclined to do it… Well, I figured it was up to me.
What you’ll see in the book
I tried to attack hacks from various angles. Coping ability varies from person to person (and sometimes day to day). So there are few hacks that have one simple answer that will apply to all depressives.
I also have a chapter with the rather self-explanatory title “Depressive symptoms and how to frugal around them.” If you can’t leave the house, it doesn’t matter whether you know how to hit grocery sales. So you need to know how to best save money when the bad spells hit.
Who else can use this book
Despite its title, Frugality for Depressives isn’t just for people who are depressed. The tips can help people with chronic illnesses, since they also encounter a lot of barriers to a pure form of frugality. Honestly, I think this book can even help people whose lives are simply relentlessly busy.
Really, I think this book can help anyone who wants to save money but is intimidated by the sometimes exacting standards of classic frugality.
Where to find the book
On Amazon, as a physical or e-book.
On the Barnes & Noble website* as an e-book.
The e-books are $7.99, and the physical version is $9.49.