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Money Secrets of the Amish

Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving
Craker, Lorilee (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Money Secrets of the Amish
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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 Endorsements: Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways, Money Secrets of the Amish will entertain you with stories and retrain your brain to be the savvy money saver you always dreamed you could be. --Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Plain Promise and Seek Me With All Your Heart Sometimes touching, sometimes humorous and always helpful, author Lorilee Craker pulls us into the family rooms of the Amish and shows us how they make ends meet. Story after story illustrates savvy money management: trading for goods and services, shopping for bargains, living with less, avoiding debt, curbing the desire to impress others. And Craker's journalistic bent provides plenty of takeaway value for the non-Amish. A very worthwhile read whether your bank account is bursting or busting. --Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Lancaster County Secrets (Revell) This book is like an Amish basement shelf loaded with Mason jars full of Plain money wisdom. Self-confessed "Fancy" gal Lorilee Craker rolls up her sleeves and cracks them open one-by-one, figuring out how to fit Amish principles to a non-Amish life. She succeeds, and so can you-read Money Secrets of the Amish and add weight to your wallet. --Erik Wesner, amishamerica.com; author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive Money Secrets of the Amish is a practical, doable guide, and it's such fun to read. Lorilee's voice is as engaging and lively as ever, and the wisdom she shares from the Amish community is both inspiring and instructive. I just finished the last page, and my mind is buzzing with all sorts of ways to waste less, want less, and spend less. --Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet Lorilee inspires and impacts your everyday life with this marvelous little read. From buttons to bakery you suddenly realize this conversation is not about just pinching a few pennies but about transforming how we view our everyday lives. I applaud Lorilee for asking the hard questions and pressing in to find honest answers. Forget the mall, kick back and soak up the delicious wisdom of a life well lived. Thank you Lorilee for shaping my everyday! --Tracey Bianchi, author of Green Mama Money Secrets of the Amish isn't so much about making money; it's about family, discipline, and redefining what wealthy means. This is a great read that helps us all to see more clearly what's really valuable in our lives. --Jeff McMahon, award-nominated musician and national director/runner with the Team McGraw endurance program
Authors: Craker, Lorilee
Title: Money secrets of the Amish
finding true abundance in simplicity, sharing, and saving
Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, c2011
Characteristics: xvi, 224 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lorilee Craker
Contents: Upside down
UWMW: use it up, wear it out, make do or do without
Don't eat the marshmallow: learning delayed gratification
Pay on time
Rethinking gifts
Saving
Operation de-spoil the kids
Repurpose, recycle, and reuse
Dead horses smell bad but debt smells even worse
Shop secondhand
To bulk or not to bulk?
Amish foodies or frugal feinschmeckers
Bartering: I'll trade you this cow for a bunch of rugs
The best things in life are free
ISBN: 159555341X
9781595553416
Branch Call Number: 640.73 C888m 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Amish United States Finance, Personal United States Thriftiness United States Consumer education United States
Topical Term: Amish
Finance, Personal
Thriftiness
Consumer education
LCCN: 2010045825
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Mostly anecdotes on the author's upbringing, but some kernels of common sense wisdom.


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Jun 27, 2014
  • shesquilting rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a good read for anyone concerned about money in todays word. Too often we throw it out and get a new one- when really we should Use it up, wear it out or make do.

Feb 02, 2014
  • mmg2681 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is pretty much common sense but definitely worth reading to "brush up" on what may have been forgotten. It was also nice to learn more about the Amish.

Aug 16, 2012
  • Jennmro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Easy read, but none of these money saving tips seemed much like secrets. I suppose I was hoping for a more revelatory experience, and while all the advice in this book was good, it felt more like common sense.

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