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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Money Secrets of the Amish
    June 6, 2011
    everett1951
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

    The Amish and their ways of saving and making money have always been of interest to me, so I wanted to read this book to see what it was about. True, it is about the author's way of saving money and pinching pennies, and she is not Amish, she was born a Mennonite, but it is some very good ideas in this book. It would have been more interesting written by an actual Amish person, but until one breaks out and writes a book about money, this one is great to read!

    Having said that, it is a great help to anyone, especially couples and singles alike just starting out and wanting learn how to manage money better. It is also great for someone wanting to budget their money better. Some of the ideas in this book she has added from other books, or remedies she has heard and quoted from other people. There are a number of website references in this book as well. After each chapter there is a page titled "MY AMISH MONEY MAKEOVER" With tips and a place to write down notes for yourself.

    A lot of these things I have heard about before, either from my grandparents and mom and dad, or from other sources, but its nice to have them all together in one book. Things like pay your bills on time to avoid extra charges, shopping at second hand stores and yard sales, using some of your ‘garbage' such as egg cartons, all have been around for a while, and they are ideas a lot of people already use, but there are a few tips I hadn't heard before. Also she has a lot about recycling, which is always helpful to learn how to use thing you would otherwise throw out.

    Overall, I like this book. The author well organizes the book into sections that make it easy to find something you are looking for. And if you are one of these people that love finding ways to save money, this is a book you would like to have around. My son is trying to do better budgeting his money, and this is a helpful resource for him, learning how to pinch pennies. So go out and buy you a copy, and don't just read it, do what it says, and you might just save a bit of money to pamper yourself with something you really don't need, but just really want!!

    I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson 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 55.
  2. West Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Basic Frugal Ideas
    June 6, 2011
    Jennifer
    West Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I'm Amish. Or at least my shopping habits are, at least to a large degree.

    In Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving, Lorilee Cracker examines why even during economic downturns the Amish still are thriving financially.

    There's no real secrets in this book, but I still enjoyed most of it. She talks about bartering, paying off debt, not getting into debt using credit cards, buying in bulk, buying second hand, not spoiling children, waiting until you have the money for big purchases, and the like.

    For someone who is already good at managing your money, there are no real savings hints here. I did enjoy the stories about the Amish, such as the game night around the Trivial Pursuit game purchased second hand. (Instead of the Arts and Entertainment category, they replaced that with Bible trivia!) Also the story of the lady baking over a dozen pies was neat.

    I totally had to agree with her on "Rethinking Gifts". So many times people buy to just buy and don't consider the other person when buying. There are times that something second hand or a gift of time would be so much more appriciated than a new sweater.

    Would I recommend this book? It depends on the person. If they are already frugal, I'd say skip it. If they are interested in the Amish, definately. If they need to rethinking their spending habits, yes.

    FTC Disclosure: I received a free coupy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Practical Advice
    June 4, 2011
    kattrox
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book lists common sense tactics, spending and saving practices, wise and passed down advice used by the Amish. Ways of recycling, living a green lifestyle as well as the authors own way of saving more while putting Amish practices "to the test" to find out if their lifestyle will work within her family. This book would be wonderful for anyone looking for additional ways to save in their household. Some of the advice I have known about while other advice was new to me that I can put to use myself. Overall a good book and I feel that everyone can take away something from this book that can be applied to their situation and lifestyle. Well researched and documented. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing this ARC copy for me for my review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great!
    June 4, 2011
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Amish community is known for being frugal and for being simple and sharing what they have witabsolutely anyone, whether they need it or not. They work together to provide health insurance and to pay medical bills for anyone in their community. They are perfectly content with what they have and don't need a lot of materialistic things to make them happy. In fact, they constantly fight against it in all areas of their life, which is something I need to be more careful about doing.

    This book talks about despoiling children, buying in bulk, making more things for yourself, and many other topics. It's a great guide to a start of a more frugal and rewarding lifestyle that is more simple. I'm looking forward to applying some of the principles mentioned in this book into our own family.

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  5. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A lesson in generosity and community.
    June 4, 2011
    Carin
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I chose this book because I'm always looking for tips about saving money and living simply. The book didn't disappoint! Craker's interviews with Amish families provide plenty of helpful suggestions for living frugally and illustrate the sense of community that the Amish people have. It is inspiring to read of people who are genuinely interested and committed to helping their families and their neighbours. Their self-sufficiency is amazing, as is their ability to use and reuse things that others would simply toss. Craker also gives examples of ways that she has applied these principles to her own life and spending habits. I find her writing style leaves something to be desired, but it was a quick and easy read.

    Thompson Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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