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Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving Paperback – June 13, 2011
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"Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways, Money Secrets of the Amish will entertain you with stories and retrain your brain to be the savvy money saver you always dreamed you could be."
--Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Plain Promise and Seek Me With All Your Heart
—Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Lancaster County Secrets
About the Author
Lorilee Craker is the author of eleven books, including The New York Times best seller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears, and A is for Atticus: Baby Names from Great Books . When she’s not shuttling her three children to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between,Lorilee moonlights as an entertainment and features writer for the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, MI, and has written for magazines such as Parents and Parent and Child.
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One thing that didn't really impress me was the section on thrift shopping. I love to thrift shop, but the whole chapter seemed to be focused on finding "name brands." I actually could care less what brand I am wearing, or what my children are wearing. And I am not into the trends of the day either, so I found the tips not to be applicable to me. We do shop second-hand though, but I don't go to the store with the intention of buying name brands or what would be trendy for my kids. I decorate second hand too - and I almost never buy anything new anymore!
I did like the section on farmer's markets and supporting local produce. This is something we are trying to do more of, and I would love to find an even more local farmer near us for meat and milk.
So, except for the "worldly" points in it, I found it quite fun. I really liked her laid-back writing and her little jokes throughout. It was an easy read and fun to see another side of the Amish - especially with Amish Trivial Pursuit night!!
I would recommend this book if you are looking for a few new tips on tightening down on money and saving more!
Catchy title does not deliver any secrets.
You could learn far more Amish culture for free on a single bicycle ride through Lancaster PA while stopping to talk with the farmers along the route (if you're not a jerk and can fit into another culture rather than expect the other culture to adapt to yours).
You could extract all the Amish insight in this book and fit it on one or two pages.
Usual modern book that expands 2 Amish pages into a book (slim Pickens on the Amish here).
The rest is "Englander" filler which to me seemd to be slanted towards females.
Usual budget savings ideas we all know already - Saving is good. Cash good. Credit bad. buy used. Use what you have.
Not much Amish culture and Amish content and no Amish secrets.
The Amish would tell you this is a bad value - skip this one for the Amish content you are searching for which is not delivered in this book.