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

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

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

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

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ISBN-13: 9781598599527
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lorilee Craker, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, now resides in Grand Rapids, MI, where she proudly drives a minivan to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between. The author of ten books, including Date Night in a Minivan, and A is for Atticus. She moonlights as an entertainment reporter for the Grand Rapids Press. She and her husband Doyle have three children, Jonah, Ezra, and Phoebe.

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Money Secrets of the Amish 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
i_magan More than 1 year ago
In a world so focused on consumerism and debt the basic things are labelled as "secrets", when I think of the title "Money secrets of..." I can't help but thinking "how sad that we now regard it as secrets", definitely some years ago it would have been regarded as just simple common sense. There is no "money secrets" in Lorilee Craker's book, just some basic common sense that from time to time we should be reminded of. Nowadays we seem to have our priorities in the wrong place and in these economic times is now, more important than ever to have well set our priorities. In the Amish world this seems to be simplicity, family, and among "their secrets", avoid debt, live with less, shop second hand, buy what you really need, be self-sufficient in whatever you can, trade for goods and services, save more and be as resourceful as you can. I have to say, that most of all the "tips and tricks" were already known and practised in my household, however the book left me completely inspired to continue the same lifestyle and even try a couple of new things. The narrative style with nice touches of humour make this book a page turner. If you are on the frugal side of life and you value the simple and basic things in life this book will not disappoint you.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
While the stories and characters mentioned in this book are unique, the tips most certainly are not. Frugal advice such as recycling, saving, avoiding debt, and thrifting are not new concepts. Still, Craker writes with a unmistakable voice. Her work as an editor makes the words flow across the pages; and her work as a journalist makes you feel as if you are getting some sort of inside scoop. All that being said, this book is best as a reference book but reads lightning fast as if it were a letter from a parsimonious friend. The Amish values are told with much respect, and readers get a taste of the culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this read. Great advise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The advice given in this book is extremely basic and repetitive. It might benefit someone who is absorbed in debt and completely unaware of any budgeting techniques. Same info we should already frugal, no loans, reuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book. Already tried some of the reciepes and they where great.
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ReformedRev More than 1 year ago
A great read for folks trying to be smart with their money. Proof that good financial habits are built on common sense. A necessary read in our current economic state, especially for younger people trying to get started in life.
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TyKesMom More than 1 year ago
I know very little about the Amish, but the one thing I do know is they are frugal and never wasteful. That is exactly what I strive to be everyday, so the title of Lorilee Craker's book Money Secrets of the Amish really caught my eye. A mother and a journalist, Craker interviews an Amish community to get to the heart of their secrets. She takes the lessons which the "plain" people live by and turns them around to fit our fast-paced, often wasteful society. As a journalist, Craker tends to interject quite a bit of her own opinions about the Amish "secrets;" some opinions actually appearing condescending and belittling to their community. Written like a conversation with a teenager, she seems to skew some of the Amish philosophies to the point that the philosophy no longer fits a money-saving lifestyle, particularly the section on "delayed gratification" in which she even miscalculates a money-saving formula, costing her some credibility about economics (p. 40). The author makes quite a few assumptions about her reader which I felt, in my case, were not accurate assumptions, making it very difficult for me to relate to her points. In general, I felt that the "secrets" of the Amish that she lays out in this book are not secrets at all, but rather common sense practices of saving money. I suppose, if you are quite a spender and have had little exposure to the world of money-saving, this book may be of some interest to you. Otherwise, I would highly recommend purchasing a book from someone with an economic background, such as Dave Ramsey, whom she credits several times throughout her book. Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze for the purpose of an unbiased review. I received no other compensation for this review.
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meowth2011 More than 1 year ago
Money has become harder to come by in recent years and a book that promises to teach us ways to make ends meet somehow is definitely a must read. And who better to lecture us than the Amish people who uphold the simplicity of life in everything they do. Instead of delineating tips and tricks to help us save more, this book actually challenges us to examine our own spending habits and what we can change about it to make it work for us during this time of crisis. It helps us choose what we really need and what can be put off for later, or put off for good. It's all about re-discovering the bare essentials of life and sticking to what matters, instead of what looks good to our eyes. It also shows the contrast between Amish children and the more worldly ones we encounter everyday, perpetually glued to the television and listing down fancy stuffs they want to have. More than anything, this book will teach us the value of returning to a much simpler way of life, where the simplest of things can turn us into the happiest lot. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I got an ARC of this book through Booksneeze.
Katie79 More than 1 year ago
With the economy the way it is it's no wonder that more and more people are looking towards other means to live frugally. I've always been intrigued by the Amish and this just put another layer on that. It's amazing how strict they live but still indulge (within reason) in things that they enjoy just to keep themselves in check. If you want a quick interesting peek into the lives of the Amish financially then this is for you. It's a very down to earth book with touches of humor and insight into how they handle Christmas to simple ways to stretch food.
Carolien More than 1 year ago
The last week I studied on an economical issue. Now economical issues are so 'not me', don't ask for my report marks ... so this was quite a step for me. I read Lorilee Craker's book: Money secrets of the Amish - finding true abundance in simplicity, sharing and saving. The title sounded promising and my curiosity was aroused when spotting this book. I think it's good to tell you here that I am a Dutch woman, happily married and mother of three teen-agers, housewife but also working 3 days p/w. We don't sit on heaps of money and that's quite an understatement. I bet you can understand why I was attracted to this book, apart from my interest for the Amish in general. Now this book really was a good read. As a Dutch woman I must confess I had to skip the American names of shops, supermarkets, things like garage sales etc. There is a difference in culture and shopping system, that's for sure. The main search of the author however was something I completely recognize. Add the humour of the author's comments from time to time and I bet you will be hooked too. It's nice to have a laugh at yourself and to face the mirror the Amish are so kind to hold up for us ... The big lesson the Amish teach us is to be VERY much aware of your lifestyle, in all its aspects. In daily life, whatever you do, money is quickly involved ... how to deal with this in a good way? How do you cope with the coins and credit cards in your hand, what about eventual debts, how do you spend your money and why like this? Can you step back and live more soberly if needed? The Amish show us a 'rich' alternative, I'm convinced of that. On money but on much more. There are many 'inside views' of that in the book. Like UWMW: Use it Up, Wear It Out, Make Do or Do Without. Be frugal with the gifts of Mother Nature, don't throw everything 'just' away because it's out of fashion or whatever. Recycle, reuse. Another good one: think about the distinction between I want and I need. When you really face this, your way of spending money may change. Your whole lifestyle may change. In short: this book is a nice challenge to see your own lifestyle compared to that of the Amish way of living. It's worthwhile to reflect on that. And for me it was a big relief to see this way of life articulated. To be able to share the value of what is called 'common sense'. Because that's what it is all about.
staceb More than 1 year ago
I've never considered myself to have much in common with the Amish. In fact, I didn't quite understand how they lived, other than something reminiscent to "Little House on the Prairie". But I must say, I was a bit intrigued by the opportunity to review a book called Money Secrets of The Amish, by Lorilee Craker. And since Lorilee Craker decide to find out how the Amish were not only surviving but thriving in this economic downturn. She set out to pick the mind of an Amish man named Bishop Jake, and here's what she found. The Amish people scrape from the bottom of the barrel more than others. Their mentality is this. Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without. Let's say you brake something or your refrigerator stops running. When others would simply just go buy another one, the Amish will get it fixed saving hundreds of dollars. They basically will use what they have and continue to fix it. Another point is to rethink your gift giving. The book stated that one of his children got a coloring book for her birthday. Now I must say, this one is a bit hard to digest. I get the point, but my kids would NEVER go for a coloring book! However, it does make a little sense. Keep gifts small and simply. Don't go into foreclosure behind the latest and greatest gadget or game system. Kids don't always need that stuff anyway. Lorilee mentioned how she did some thrift shopping for some one's birthday. She was able to find brand named items that her niece loved for a fraction of the price. Now that's a tip that I'm willing to try, as long as the items are like new. Here's another tip from the Amish. Pay everything on time. they feel that when you don't pay on time, your are steeling from that man, or business for how ever many days it takes to pay them back. I know that sounds extreme. The Amish also: Enjoy delayed gratification Are habitual recyclers Shop second hand Buy bulk Barter, barter, barter Grown their own food and shop at Farmer's Markets Realize that the best things in life are free! I really liked this book. There are a lot of common sense, easy to do tips inside. Some are a bit extreme because of the Amish religious beliefs, but you can still learn a thing or two. In fact, you may already being doing some of these things to save money. I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of being broke and is open to a whole new approach to being frugal.
IvyLeaf13 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Money Secrets of the Amish". This is another book I received free from "BookSneeze" just for writing this review. This book was really out of my circle for normal reading material. I have never read a book on money and how to be smart with it. I found that it drew me in with the little tips and quirks about the Amish and how they live. All the information is easy is understand and almost obvious. I gained a hole new respect for the Amish people and there way of life. Don't get me wrong I 'm not going to stop using buttons and start riding in a horse and buggy. I will however be using quite a few of the tips and ideas that I found it this book. This book really made me look closely at the money problems in our house hold. It even sparked a three hour conversation between my husband and I about where we could be cutting corners. Overall I found this book to be four stars out of five. If I knew a friend that was looking for books on money then I would definitely recommend this book to them.
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Lawrence_J_Caldwell More than 1 year ago
Book Review Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving, Craker, Lorilee, Thomas Nelson, 2011 I live in the most densely-populated portion of the United States. One hour east of Philadelphia, two hours south of New York City, and three hours north of our Capital. Less than two hours west is Lancaster County, PA, homestead of one of our nation's largest Amish communities. If ever one was trapped in between irrational exhuberance and old-world abundance, that would be me. You can read the same thrifty tips in the stuffy Wall Street Journal as Craker wrote in her humorous book. But Craker's take is personal. And that's what makes the difference. You can live nearby, read all about it, and truly believe these are great ideas - for someone else. Or, like Craker, you can take the time to become a true doer by taking a short drive across the river and spending some time with the Amish, getting to know them personally, blending into their community, and thereby coming away with a trans-cultural union that will yield the simplicity, sharing, and saving that Craker knows and writes about. It's not just about the money and Craker gets the point across in fun, personal, and enticing ways. Enticing enough to make this densely populated reader encourage his family and other readers to give up and give in to a lifestyle not driven by driving, bugged by plodding buggies, or longing for good schmeck instead of show. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
tiffmalloy More than 1 year ago
In today's economy, books on spending less have become popular. Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker is one of those books. In this book, Craker interviews the Amish to find out how they are thriving in the financial downturn of America. There wasn't a whole lot in here that was out of the ordinary for people who are already living simply: the three R's, curbing wants, practicing delayed gratification, de-spoiling the kids. BUT, I did really enjoy Craker's chapter on giving different kinds of gifts (homemade, those from consignment stores, etc.) and her chapter on bartering. Creative for sure! While the book does offer some good ideas about saving money, I feel like Craker doesn't really want to be more simplistic. And that put up a barrier between me and what she was trying to say. I'm not convinced Craker wanted to be like the Amish; she just wanted to free up some extra money. I think what threw me off was the title's subtitle: "Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving." She just didn't convince me that she thought the Amish's lifestyle was true abundance. Do I recommend it? Not really, unless you are at the very very beginning of this journey. Let's share ideas: How have you adjusted your life to be more simple? What's worked? What hasn't? Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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samcivy More than 1 year ago
Money Secrets of the Amish Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing and Saving Lorilee Craker © 2011 Thomas Nelson Publishers ISBN 978-1-59555-341-6 220 pp. (alk. paper) A typical Amish farmer in twenty years, while raising fourteen children on a rented farm, saved forty thousand dollars to buy his own farm. That's one thing Lorilee Craker learned when she investigated how these people could do so well during the present recession. Her many discoveries can help anyone better manage finances. She learned the Amish money policies not only allow them to save and spend wisely, but also to find peace and contentment in their lives. They understand delayed gratification (no impulse buying!) for one thing, and always pay on time, or preferably never borrow or use credit cards. The Amish, exceptionally hard workers, also know that the best things in life are free. Craker's writing style is delightful, breezy and conversational, which contributes to a good read.
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KCK_Blogger More than 1 year ago
An easy to read book about finding abundance in a simple life. I've seen quite a few Amish communities since moving to Michigan and has always been intrigue by their way of life. Which is the reason why I picked this book from the choices available at "Booksneeze" for free. You get to see a glimpse of their way of thinking when it comes to spending and saving money. . The writer "Lorilee Cracker" spends some time with an Amish community to learn their secrets in living a frugal life. I gave this book 3 stars because most of her tips are pretty obvious practical way of spending money, recycling things and sharing. There are times when she enumerates too many examples on a certain tip that it becomes too dragging. She also shared ideas from her frugal "Englisher" friends. If you are trying to find ways of being thrifty, this book have tons of advises on how to save. Some advises will be too difficult to follow through in this magazines and commercials influenced buying world. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Money Secrets of the Amish as it reminded me of how I used to think. Before I got married, I had great credit, I was very frugal and didn't spend as frivolous and think about wanting things as I do now. In the last few years, I have really had to rethink my purchases and hold back on the impulse buys. Being unemployed, married, and having a spouse that is also unemployed, we have really had to cut back and not buy the things we want. This book made me realize that it's time to stop wanting and start saving and being frugal again! I really should stop listening to my husband teasing me about being frugal considering our financial situation. Lately, we were talking about getting expensive electronic toys, but in reality, we didn't absolutely need them. Thankfully we didn't follow our impulse and buy them on a whim, we instead waiting and thought about it. I do need to be less selfish and start thinking about our future. I prefer living a simple life, just not as simple as the Amish.
DanielleL More than 1 year ago
Lots of great tips and this is a fun easy read! Some of these tips are so basic we tend to over look them or think of them as 'Old Time' and not 'In style' Or tips that were only for the Depression era such as Use it up, Wear it out, Make Do or Do With out. Lorilee's writing style is so easy to read and keeps you interested. She shares the facts with some humor mixed in and some ways 'Englishers' (non- Amish people) have made a go at the advise from the Amish.
lisadwb More than 1 year ago
Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving by Lorilee Craker takes a look into living a simpler, "greener" (as in saving money) lifestyle. Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving offers 14 chapters of practical hints and tips on managing money that reminds one of our grandparents' principles. Each chapter not only lays out the thoughts of the Amish but also has several "English" friends who are willing to share their own tips. It was also inspiring to read the author's own experiences relating to each principle learned. While Lorilee writes about the steps many of us are already taking of being thrifty and saving some green, it is good to pick up some extra ideas. I think everyone could benefit from the principle found in chapter 2- "UWMW" (Use it up, Wear it out, Make Do or Do Without.) That, along with other suggestions for recycling, reusing and thrift store shopping helps to get the creative juices flowing on how to build the savings account. The To Do section following each chapter is a good place to start putting those lessons to good use. I found this book to not only be educational but entertaining too. I would recommend Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, to anyone looking to improve their financial thinking. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."