Monday, June 6, 2011

Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Finding true abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving is the subtitle of this book, and it sums it up nicely! This book about how the Amish deal with issues relating to money is a very interesting read, full of good, practical ideas. Some of these are themes we already know and should be following, such as save your money, don’t buy on credit, and use what you have before you buy new.

More interesting ideas about how to maximize your finances are such things as bartering, buying secondhand (even for gifts!!), re-use things, etc. This is not a book which guilts you into changing your ways, but it very gently tells how ideas that Amish families utilize to be responsible with money can become a part of your (non-Amish) life as well.

I liked this book very much, although it seems that many of the ideas mentioned in the book are ones that I’m already implementing (although I think my husband should read this book. . .!) They were not ideas that are new or only used by the Amish, but it was still a good book. It did have some other ideas that I hadn’t thought of, and on the whole it was a very interestingly written book, did not feel like a chore at all to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone, not just someone in economic hardships. It is interesting, full of ideas that are healthy for everyone.

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.

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