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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Natalie McNeal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

The author is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Natalie P. McNeal is a seasoned journalist and is a sought out public speaker. She created and launched personal finance blog, ''The Frugalista Files'', in 2008 and published her book, ''The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life'' in 2010.

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Titles At Your Library

The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life
ISBN: 0373892292

Harlequin. 2010

Natalie McNeal opened her bills in January 2008 to find that she was a staggering five figures—$20,000!—in debt. Young, hip and gainfully (if Dilbert-ly) employed, Natalie loved her lifestyle of regular mani/pedis, daily takeout and nights on the town, but clearly something had to give.

And so The Frugalista Files was born. Through her blog, Natalie confessed her spending habits to the world—and it turns out she wasn't the only one having trouble balancing the budget! From the drastic "no-buy" month that kicked it all off to
the career gamble that threatened to put her deeper in the hole, The Frugalista Files shares Natalie's personal and professional transformation from cubicle rat to take-charge career girl.

It is possible to get ahead without giving up on the fabulous life. This is personal finance in peep-toe pumps—the empowering true story of one woman's personal and professional transformation and your ultimate guide to living the Frugalista lifestyle, too.

Speaking Engagements

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