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.
I really loved this book. I've read and listened to quite a few books on "how to be frugal", but they all seemed to be written by people I honestly felt I would not hang out with if I met them in life. This book, however, gave me the exact opposite feeling. Lorilee, the author, has a wonderful self-depricating sense of humour and she does get the fact that the majority of people who are looking to save money are people for whom it does not come naturally.
I loved her anecdotes and found myself bursting into laughter with Lorilee's retelling of the financial mistakes she has made in her life. This book is incredibly inspiring and as I listened I would frequently bookmark and make notes on passages that resonated with me. I have recommended this book to my friends and family members who, like myself, need to start being mindful about our money but can't stand the smugness of most of the frugal-living authors out there.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Money Secrets of the Amish again? Why?
Yes. Over & over!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Money Secrets of the Amish?
The humbleness of the Amish while saving tons!
Have you listened to any of Lorilee Craker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Learning to live smarter from the Amish, who knew?!
Any additional comments?
I've learned more with this book than googling money secrets. It's so down to earth that even the poorest of folks can benefit from reading & heeding it. I for one will not be throwing out anything anymore but instead putting it to good use & having fun while saving big money:)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What I had hoped would be at least a literary listen turned out to be a list of entirely ordinary and everyday saving ideas. As an audio book it fails completely. I'm sure to browse through you might pick up an average money saving tip. But if you live a reasonable life already - don't bother. Mending clothing, repairing dryers and organizing your closet are not illuminating ideas.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
An informative snapshot into how the amish think and thrive. The expressions and quotes will make you crack a smile.
I enjoyed most of the book. Lots of money-saving tips. I didn't like how much time was spent on shopping. She didn't really need to go into how much everything costs, item-by-item. I tuned most of that out after a while. I was wondering if the topic would ever change.
I liked the fact that the author read her own book and was able to laugh at herself while presenting common sense information that many people have long since forgotten. I also like the fact that the information in a gentle, lighthearted manner. However, much of the information is extremely practical and can be utilized by almost anybody. I can also understand One reviewer's comments of this book when they urged the list or not to buy it, as I noted above much of what is presented is commonsense information. But I will admit that having listen to this book it made me revisit some of my spending habits and I will over $200 this year, thanks to a little common sense.
Really enjoyed this book. I've just listened to the whole book in a single session while working in the kitchen. This audio book is like comfort food on a cold day.