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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

 Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving 

From Amazon:

Take one thoroughly modern gal with a recessionary income problem, mix with the practices of a culture that has proved to be recession-proof, and what have you got?
A financial planner in a straw hat.
When writer Lorilee Craker learned that the Amish are not just surviving but thriving in the economic downturn, she decided to find out why.  What she found was about a dozen tried and true financial habits the Amish have employed for generations that will make your cash last longer and help you build wealth.  Craker provides tips to...
  • use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without
  • rethink your gift giving
  • repurpose, recycle, and reuse
  • eat like royalty for a peasant's pittance
My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a glimpse in to parts of  the Amish way of living that I've always thought about.  If you ever wondered how the Amish paid for those big farms this book will help to enlighten you.  Update:  I always see big farmhouses so I'm impressed and somewhat amazed at what they are able to pay for. The acres they have may not be as much as I thought after reading a readers comment.  I'm sure it's more than I have though!  

There are tidbits in this book that we can use to help us on our way to saving more money.  We might not do them exactly like the Amish but we can apply them to a point in our lives.  

Although this book doesn't break down every single little item, it was encouragement to me to continue to live a frugal life.  You would think I couldn't find one thing I had not heard before but I did, a swap party.  I have got to organize one!  

It's a good book.

Here is my tip of the day:  I requested this book at the library after reading about it on other blogs.  It was on a back log so I had to wait a while.  

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