Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving

By Lorilee Cracker. Published by Thomas Nelson

The Contents list will give you a quick clue on what Money Secrets of the Amish covers. Here is a sampling:

Upside Down; Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make Do or Do Without

Pay on Time

Don’t Eat the Marshmallows: Learning Delayed Gratification

Operation De-spoil the Kids

Shopping Secondhand

To Bulk or Not to Bulk?


The Best Things in Life Are Free


Get the picture? Lorilee Craker, a New York Best-Selling Author, made the decision to visit the Amish and discover their financial secrets when she read a report stating that even with the economic down turn the Amish people were not financially hurting, but were, in fact, prospering.

Here are a few simple tips she shares from the Amish.

  • Repair what you can instead of buying new.
  • Buy in bulk what won’t go bad.
  • Don’t buy your kids whatever they want; build contentment.
  • When the work is done, have fun.

Of course it’s not that simple, and the book is far from a compilation of how-to advice. As Cracker gets to know the families, she begins to understand the lifestyle and respect the choices. She made several visits over the different seasons, and came away with tips to simplify her life and take better control of her own money situations.

As she learned, she got together with others of like interest to come up with practical ideas for people that might want to make a change, but not so dramatic a change as the simple life the Amish live. She shares those ideas as well as how her experience has changed her life, as well as the lives of her family.

Cracker has a friendly, humorous style that makes Money Secrets an enjoyable read. If you like reading about other cultures, and are always looking for tips for saving and living more simply, give this book a try.

**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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