Money Secrets Of The Amish Book Review | STACIE RAYE

Money Secrets Of The Amish Book Review

I've never considered myself to have much in common with the Amish.  In fact, I didn't quite understand how they lived, other than something reminiscent to "Little House on the Prairie". 
But I must say, I was a bit intrigued by the opportunity to review a book called Money Secrets of The Amish, by Lorilee Craker.  And since I'm The Coupon Sista and all, I thought this might be an interesting read.
Lorilee Craker decide to find out how the Amish were not only surviving but thriving in this economic downturn.  She set out to pick the mind of an Amish man named Bishop Jake, and here's what she found.
The Amish people scrape from the bottom of the barrel more than others.  Their mentality is this.  Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.  Let's say you brake something or your refrigerator stops running.  When others would simply just go buy another one, the Amish will get it fixed saving hundreds of dollars.  They basically will use what they have and continue to fix it.
Another point is to rethink your gift giving.  The book stated that one of his children got a coloring book for her birthday.  Now I must say, this one is a bit hard to digest.  I get the point, but my kids would NEVER go for a coloring book!  However, it does make a little sense.  Keep gifts small and simply.  Don't go into foreclosure behind the latest and greatest gadget or game system.  Kids don't always need that stuff anyway.
Lorilee mentioned how she did some thrift shopping for some one's birthday.  She was able to find brand named items that her niece loved for a fraction of the price.  Now that's a tip that I'm willing to try, as long as the items are like new.
Here's another tip from the Amish.  Pay everything on time.  they feel that when you don't pay on time, your are steeling from that man, or business for how ever many days it takes to pay them back.  I know that sounds extreme.  I'd like to think I'm borrowing, nit stealing.  But the point is, they need their money- it's rightfully theirs!  As my kids would say, "I NEED MY MONEY ON TIME" - (A.T.L. -the movie).  But more importantly, you avoid all the late fees and charges that are associated with er, a, borrowing.

The Amish also:

Enjoy delayed gratification
Are habitual recyclers
Shop second hand
Buy bulk
Barter, barter, barter
Grown their own food and shop at Farmer's Markets
Realize that the best things in life are free!

I really liked this book.  There are a lot of common sense, easy to do tips inside. Some are a bit extreme because of the Amish religious beliefs, but you can still learn a thing or two.  In fact, you may already being doing some of these things to save money.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of being broke and is open to a whole new approach to being frugal.


  1. Thanks for this review! This sounds like a really good book & can be applied to our lives in so many ways. Ok the Bishop Jakes made me

  2. This is a good review. It sounds like the Amish do a lot of "common sense" things, that can make life simpler. I have to check it out.

  3. You are welcome ladies. This book really did have a lot of practical advice.


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