Saturday, July 2, 2011

Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

I consider myself a thrifty person.  I shop sales.  I grow/raise/hunt a lot of my own food.  I've been known to go on canning sprees and have made everything from jewelry to curtains to laundry soap in order to save money.  Still, I found Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker to be an interesting read and inspiring, if nothing else.  Besides the fact her writing style is entertaining and easy to read, she finds the right balance of money saving suggestions by interviewing those in an Amish community and then trying to apply them to her more normal “fancy” life.

As a homesteader and someone who already strives to lead a simpler life, most of her suggestions were things that I’ve known for some time now.  And being a mathematician, I had to laugh at her amazement of the obvious when she made such a big deal about paying your bills on time, staying out of debt, and finding the unit price in the grocery store.  But I think the greatest asset of this book is how it presents the way the Amish view money and spending.  Saving money by living a simpler life isn’t so much about following a set of rules as it is about making many perspective changes in your life.  The author does a good job of showing the differences between the way our culture sees money and spending and how the Amish view it.  That alone would be worth reading the book. 

I received this book for free from for this review.

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