I know the Amish are very thrifty people and don't seem to weather such severe financial hardships as we in modern society do. So although I felt I have always been a very frugal person, I decided to read it. In the back of my mind I was thinking, "I doubt it can teach me anything new but I will see." Well Lorilee sure proved me wrong!
Yes, many of the ideas were ones I already knew, but she caused me to look at them in a different light. I was challenged to apply them in ways I hadn't thought of. Also I learned many new money saving ways. It opened my mind to the fact that saving money isn't just ideas but a way of life and a frame of mind.
She mentions an Amish saying, "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without."
I can remember in our early years of marriage and when our family was young we practiced that. I didn't realize how much we had gotten away from it, by "just getting a new one" when we could have repaired the item. This is a practice I am going to be more conscious about doing.
Another area I found very helpful was the area of gift giving. It doesn't always have to be new! And there is no shame in giving a gift that isn't!
I am a thrift store, yard sale frequenter but this book made me realize I was overlooking many things that could save me money that I hadn't even thought of at these places.
This book was not only informative but the author was hilarious! She has such a great sense of humor, so the book not only taught me but kept me laughing!
Everything learned is easy to apply no matter what your income or where you live.
I found this book very helpful and would encourage everyone to read it, no matter how frugal you think you are!
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Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving
By Lorilee Craker
I love the simple life the Amish live~ I really enjoyed this book!
The Amish use it up and wear it out~ they make do with what they have and are thankful people.
Lorilee's humor as she studies the simple ways of the Amish keeps you entertained as you swallow the pill that we Americans are out of control with our wasteful ways and excessive spending. She asks the question~ "Just which culture has things wrong side up?" After all the Amish are thriving in the economic crisis as if they are not touched by the mess our country is in at all. Maybe we should consider that they are smarter than we give their 8th grade education system credit!
"When compared to our English money bungles, the Amish way of wealth is a whole inverted lifestyle of thrift, self control, carefulness, sharing and community. It's a curious prosperity-a rootedness simplicity, and a step back to "quaint" money values- that goes way beyond debt-free living.' "My peek at the Amish and their upside-down ways convinced me:they turn us fancy folk on our excessive. over leveraged heads." Says ~Lorilee ~ I agree and could not have said it better myself.
If you have never considered taking a lesson or two from the Amish way of life ~ this is a great book to inspire you!
About a month ago I purposefully made a trip to an Amish area of Northern Iowa. As I was there I was pondering how the Amish did business and why it seemed to work well for them. I was excited to see Lorilee Craker had written a book on the topic I was curious about, so I approached this book with great excitement and expectation. The book addressed many topics dealing with how the Amish do business and how they perceive money and wealth. A cornerstone seems to be "being taught to love work", one Amish farmer named Eli said. Others talked about how to save money you need to "scrape the bottom of the barrel!" The Amish reuse and recycle everything.
In regards to money, they were clear on avoiding debt. Equally, they stressed saving money at all times so that you can accomplish your dreams and it will cushion you for rainy days. You must learn to say "no" to many items so that you can save to accomplish your bigger dreams.
Craker offers practical advice for the reader on how to save money. For a simple and practical book on how to save money in a bad economy this is a good one to read. I wish that she would have linked the traditions of the Amish to the main source of their inspiration, the Bible and their Christian lifestyle. She didn't . It is extremely practical for those who want to save money and learn how the Amish save money, but I think it didn't go far enough to show the true source of many of their traditions in saving money, the Bible itself.
The Amish are also known to be loyal to their community and constantly help each other out. Craker wrote from an individualistic perspective and though she mentioned the Amish in community, she did not mention how the community affects or are involved in their financial living. I would be curious to find out more about the communities role in helping with each other's needs.
Furthermore, while she mentioned character throughout the book, it was not highlighted how character is an essential aspect of their lives and financial success. Work ethic, humility, simplicity, avoiding pride and ostentatious lifestyles, integrity, discipline and righteousness are godly characteristics which have impacted their whole life. I believe this book only skims the surface of the success of the Amish to flourish at a time when most Americans are finding the economic recession arduous. For the casual reader it is a good book to read, but for someone who is searching for deeper insight into the Amish secrets of money, you will likely be disappointed.
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The more hurried and crazy our culture becomes, the more it seems we are intrigued by people who have chosen a simpler way. Inwardly, we long for what they haveÃ¢â¬âa life less frantic. Ironically, we run faster and buy more stuff in efforts to simplify and find that allusive simplicity. In this book, Lorilee Craker takes us on a visit to the homes of several Amish families, who share with her their secrets for saving money. (She decided to write the book after seeing a news program that said the Amish had weathered the recession more successfully than most.)
The book is practical, but funÃ¢â¬âthe author's tone is lighthearted and humorous. You'll find yourself learning money management tips without even trying. This book inspired me: I went thrift-store shopping, planted tomatoes and even wrote a short article applying some of its valuable lessons on not just surviving but thriving, even in tough economic times. http://www.wikihow.com/Thrive-Financially-During-a-Recession.
Here's a quote from the book: "the Amish way of wealth is a whole inverted lifestyle, of thrift, self-control, carefulness, sharing and community. It's a curious prosperityÃ¢â¬âa rootedness, simplicity, and a step back to Ã¢â¬Ëquaint' money valuesÃ¢â¬âthat goes beyond debt-free living." I loved this book!