Simply Car-Free

Our friend Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens just completed her first e-book titled Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life. Tammy sent us an advance copy to peruse and we enjoyed it immensely!

Simply Car-Free tells the story of Tammy’s (and her husband’s) transition from a “normal” middle-class lifestyle to a simpler, more intentional way of living. The book is loaded with practical information and tips to assist those who are considering transitioning to a car-free lifestyle. Their story is an inspiration to anyone looking to downsize and simplify their life, and Tammy shares it in an open and honest way that speaks directly to the reader.

From the Simply Car-Free website:

Five years ago, we lived the “normal middle class” suburban lifestyle. We were newlyweds with flashy rings, living in a two-bedroom apartment, driving two cars, commuting long distances to work and living well beyond our means. The idea of living without a car didn’t seem possible.

By changing our perspective and planning small steps, we learned lessons that simplified our lives and got us out of debt. Going car-free was part of our downsizing process and was one of our first big goals toward living intentionally.

I wrote Simply Car-free to help people achieve their goals of saving money, improving their health, and living a simpler lifestyle. Reducing our dependence on cars clarified our priorities and showed us that anything is possible.

Simply Car-Free goes on sale Monday, March 1. The price is $9.95 for the first 500 people who download the book; thereafter the price will go up to $12.99. The first 3 chapters are available to preview prior to purchasing the book.

Simply Car-Free

8 Responses to “Simply Car-Free”

  • Tammy Strobel says:

    Thank you! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book. :)

  • Gussy says:

    I’m still trying to persuade my Lady into going car free. Lets hope with this can kick her over the edge!

  • kevin says:

    This book, from the 1st couple chapters, sounds oriented towards a childless family. I don’t think you can really lump their cats and our kids in the same category.

    While I’d love to be car free, realistically, I can see only being car lite at best.

    It’s a shame but hey I undestand I am not living in Amsterdam.

  • David says:

    I agree with Kevin.

    It’s not all that realistic for a family with children.

    If I didn’t have children I wouldn’t own a car and would be riding year round regardless of weather.
    As it is we are a very car light family, my two kids and I.
    Plus I have a child who is significantly Autistic. I’m not going to make her hate riding with me by pushing sub freezing bike rides on her.

    We get around via tandem and triplet bicycles a good part of the year and when I have a solo errand to run regardless of the temperatures, I ride my velomobile.

  • Fiona says:

    I think I’ll be purchasing this e-book tomorrow as I think it will help or at least validate my desire to continue a car-free life. We do live downtown and we’re on several bus routes. We are two adult, no kids in house, one cat family.

    I only wish my husband was a enthusiastic about being car free as I am. He is a bit more wanderlust than I am and feels a vehicle will enable us to travel more to see more of this beautiful Country we live in. I don’t think he is as convinced touring via bike is a real possibility for us for some reason.

    However I will continue how much fuller our lives our with just our bikes.

    Hopefully Carfree forever!!

  • caleb says:

    my wife and i went from two to one cars because my car broke down. i’m finding we’re doing just fine and i’m riding my bike to work more often as well!

  • john in nh says:

    hmm I might have to check this out. It is a process and it starts substituting one car trip for a trip by bike, and it grows as ability and comfort level grows. Not everybody needs to be a crazy bike in sleet and snow commuter right out of the gate (note I am a crazy bike in snow and sleet commuter, at least while the roads are clearish) its all about fitting a bike to your lifestyle and getting the right bike that you will be sure to ride!

  • Tammy Strobel says:

    I do think it’s possible to go car-free with kids. But the book applies to those who want to go car-lite as well. If you have a chance, check out . The blog has a wealth of info on living a car-free life with kids.

    I don’t have kids of my own and realize everyone’s circumstances are different. Car-free living may not fit your lifestyle, but this book is a series of small guides that will help you evaluate and address your concerns of going car-free or car-lite. :)

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