One area I thought she could be more frugal in was clothing, specifically embracing second hand shops more. She recounts purchasing a $200 down coat, knowing it was well-made at that L.L.Bean would stand behind the purchase. As I read, I noted that she doesn't have amazing finds on the racks at St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill or Savers. I do, endless finds that put high end brands in my closet (Banana Republic suit, Anne Taylor skirts, Clark Shoes, and more).
Don't let this one comment deter you, her book is full of tips. You'll see reference to them in future posts on this web site.