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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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is 217 pages long, but it is a very fast read. I received the book this afternoon and started reading at about 5:00 PM. It is now 9:55 PM and I am writing the review. The book is just an enjoyable read because it is relevant to the economic times of our society. We are all wanting to know how to live simple, not be deprived, yet able to save money to enjoy retirement or the occasional luxuries of life.
Lorilee Craker introduces the reader to Bishop Eli King, Amos, Amish expert Erik Wesner, and more. One of the most memorable is Amos. He is a forty year old farmer who was raising fourteen children, renting a farm, and still managed to save $400,000 over twenty years. Could you imagine what this guy could do with two kids, or three? Saving that much money is absurd. Lorilee said that she expected to see deprivation in the household in some way, but she never saw it. The family was well-fed, jovial, content with life. Amos was saving money in order to stop renting the farm ($1,800/month) and buy a farm of his own. Nevertheless, I could not get pass the fact that this man was able to save $400,000 over twenty years with fourteen kids, a wife, and a rented farm. I am having a hard time managing to save 10% in a month and I only have a two year old.
The money saving and frugal lifestyle as described in this book is easily doable...if you choose to do it.Read more ›
Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America's thriftiest people, the Amish.
Author, journalist, and descendant of the Amish, Lorilee Craker, was just like the rest of us, feeling the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008. As a freelancer, her income was going the way of the dodo--family dollars seemed like an extinct myth, the bank account some archeological evidence of past prosperity.
Then, inspired by a news segment covering her people, the Amish, and how they emerged from the economic crisis unscathed, she realized it was time to get back to her roots and learn a thing or two about their time-tested approach to personal finances. While the middle-class was wringing its hands over the family budget and the wealthy were weeping over their slashed portfolios, the Amish were content as always, spared from the cares of the world and worldliness. They not only had financial health to support their lives, they exuded a wholeness that eludes so many when the financial bottom drops out.
In Money Secrets of the Amish, readers go on an "Amish money makeover," learning the choices, secrets, and disciplines that safeguarded the contentment and the coffers of America's favorite plain folk by spending less, saving more, and getting happier doing it.
I have always been intrigued by how the Amish live so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. In today's economy I need to learn, not only for myself, but for my family, how to live within my means and be happy about it.
Growing up, every year my family always traveled to Pennsylvania, so I knew a bit about the Amish and their culture.Read more ›
This book was a very easy read, I finished it a few short days within receiving it. It has an attractive yet simple cover. The chapters end with a "My Amish Money Makeover" which highlights the key idea from the chapter. I like the concept of the "use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" idea that the book talks about. Nowadays, it seems like as soon as something has minor wear or the newest model comes out- that we have to rush to the stores to get it. After reading this book, I really wanted to get my boys some tricycles, but those are usually 20 or 30 or more new.. so my goal was to find some used ones on a site similar to Craigslist. Well, I found some, and if it weren't for just having read this book, I probably wouldn't have got them because they were ratty looking and the wrong color- purple and pink! So I thought outside the box... PAINT! I was able to buy some spray paint and these two tricycles, for a total of $15!! Now they look brand new!
What I really think is great about the book is how Craker has interviews with actual Amish families. I think it is amazing how they look at the big picture, thinking ahead to their children and grandchildren when it comes to their finances. Craker also is a fan of Dave Ramsey, and I love that she included tips from him in here. Overall, I think this is a great book!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't had a chance to read it as my mother borrowed it the first day but she loves it. Hopefully I will get to love it soon :)Published 10 days ago by Smileyjeannie
What a great interesting book to read. Loved to learn the ways of the Amish in saving money. The modern ways drain our finances.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Riley
I enjoyed this book, and the author's witty and down to earth writing style. Got many good ideas to try and incorporate to save money and be kinder to our planet.Published 3 months ago by debbiec
A fascinating look into the lives of the Amish and the ways they make money stretch. The author is very, very brand-aware and spends a good bit of time name dropping the brands of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Corriesgirl
I was relieved to find after reading this that there really are practical, do-able, and comfortable (and even fun) ways to minimize our consumerism using the anecdotal lessons in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by lazy g
Gave me a lot of useful hints especially since my husband and I are on a fixed incomePublished 4 months ago by Cecilia Swilley
This was a thoughtful and insightful. The author gives short vignettes into Amish life. There are numerous suggestions on how to live a more intentional and Plain life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family