Money Secrets of the Amish Review

If you didn’t already know, I live in the tiny Amish town of Grabill, Indiana. In town, we’re mostly “Englishers” but all the surrounding farms are Amish. I’m intrigued by my Amish neighbors – their faith, their lifestyle choices, and yes, their apparent frugality.

When I saw this book – ""Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Cracker – sitting on the library bookshelf, I knew this was a book I wanted to read.

This book was a quick and easy read, as well as enlightening. From the moment Lorilee describes the Amish as “Dave Ramsey in suspenders” and begins talking about our “Amish money make-over”, I was hooked.

Since the average Amish family has 7 children, and no debt, I was eager to learn about their money saving secrets.

""Money Secrets of the Amish discusses some of the following Amish principles:

  • Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make Do, or Do Without
  • Learning Delayed Gratification
  • Pay on Time
  • Rethinking Gifts
  • Saving
  • Repurpose, Recycle and Reuse
  • Shopping Secondhand
  • Buying Bulk
  • Bartering

While I practice many of these principles, I don’t know that I practice many of them as tightly as the Amish.

The Amish are good at following the rule of “Use things until they wear out!” Buying another shirt or a new blender, just because our old one isn’t sparkling new anymore is deemed a waste of money when you still have one to use at home.

I enjoyed the garage sale chapter as I’ve noticed the Amish are some of the first out at garage sales in our area. I’m learning to embrace that as well because “You don’t have to buy something new to buy something good” (p. 155). How true!

I like the description that “the Amish are so far behind they are ahead” (p. 106). Due to the recession, we’re all learning to catch up to the old-fashioned Amish.

If you are looking for frugal inspiration, you don’t have to live in Amish country or have Amish neighbors to learn from the Amish.

Read ""Money Secrets of the Amish and you’ll learn a lot. Trust me. You’ll be glad you did!

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