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

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  475 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
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 tr
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 10, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to be generous by giving this book 2 stars, because I'm sure there are people out there who will like this book... just not me! I wanted so badly for this book to be awesome but I was disappointed in every way. I couldn't relate to this big city, career woman and her 3 over-stimulated and spoiled children. Every "secret" of the Amish she chose to write about was a common sense, elementary level money management principle. If you find paying your bills on-time such a novel idea that yo ...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Dec 28, 2011 Bonnie (Words at Home Blog) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I have to admit, I was only half serious when I requested Money Secrets of the Amish from Netgalley, I am not one to read self-help or advice books but as a huge Amish Fiction fan I figured it would be a bit of a fun read with a few “Jahs” and “Denki’s” thrown in. What surprised me was that I found an incredible amount of useful information in this book. Perhaps it was the time of year that I was reading this book, but it truly helped me to keep a handle on holiday spending and return the focus ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been much better. Reportedly Amish people have fared very well during the recent recession. The author decided to research how they do it. Many of their money handling principles are simply old-fashioned common sense (don't go into debt, save, use it up, reuse or go without). The Amish also do a lot of bartering, which works very well in their close-knit community. Bulk shopping is another thing they do, but this is not what most of us think of as bulk shopping (buying the e ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
How do you write a book about money secrets of the Amish and glaze over the number one way they save money???

They grow most of their food. They don't buy from co-ops they are the co-ops. This book was a waste of time. It's a way of bragging about Ralph Lauren finds in second hand stores.

She interviews one man of fourteen kids and asks whats your secret? He lives thrifty. Wow no kidding. This man is deep in his faith and believes God well provide and does. Though she doesn't mention it aside fro
N.L. Riviezzo
I had hoped for some new-ish savings tidbits but these tips are just common sense. If you live extravagantly and you suddenly go from a lot of income to a 'minimal' income, this book could be helpful. However if you are already someone on a very limited budget, the book comes across more as one woman's kevetching about her falling into middle class financial status. The stories from the Amish are a very entertaining look into their everyday life which kept the book from being all about a woman w ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Anahita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the title misleading. It should be, "Common Sense About Money, With Lots of Amish Puns." I'm sure that there are people who would benefit from this book, but I didn't need to spend my time reading it to learn the benefits of delayed gratification, saving, paying off or avoiding debt, and looking for the unit price of an item to compare value for bulk vs. regular items. Duh.
Jul 21, 2015 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifehacks
I loved the subject matter of this book, at least the subject seemed like it would be in my mind. I would love to hear thoughts of the Amish on many and the way we treat it in our culture. That is what I felt was the strong point of this book: the interviews with many Amish, which are unfortunately brief and dicey.

Instead, apart from those interviews, this book was a popcorn-light read, with "ideas" (all of which were incredibly obvious to me, admittedly someone incredibly interested in frugalit
Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the economy the past few years, everyone is cutting corners and pinching pennies. Money Secrets of the Amish is a great book filled with a lot of tips and tools to help you make that dollar stretch.

Use things until they are worn out. Even if it isn't the most beautiful item, if it's repairable, fix it. You can recycle clothing into other items. Paying your debts on time will save you money in the long run. Do without if you really don't need it. Learning the difference between need and want
May 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Lorilee Craker
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-5955-5341-6
Genre: Inspirational/business and economics/personal finance

Take one thoroughly modern gal with a recessionary income problem, mix with the practices of a culture that has proven to be recession-proof, and what have you got?

A financial planner in a straw hat. (from the back cover)

MONEY SECRETS OF THE AMISH is written in the same tongue-in-cheek attitude as the above. Ms. Craker has in
According to, the total amount of consumer debt in the US was nearly $2.4 trillion in 2010. (That’s $7,800 debt per person.)

Other sources say 98% of that debt is credit card debt. Over 70% of Americans are using credit cards to meet their needs, yet there is one community of Americans who seem completely untouched by the current recession. The Amish.

The Amish are literally laughing all the way to the bank. One Amish resident managed to save over $400,000 while renting a far
Dec 26, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
just into the second chapter, I hope this gets better. It seems to me like a person who lives a frugal life would already know most of what I have read so far. Also, So far, it seems to me she has interviewed just a few Amish and the book is mostly what she has done in her life. I was hoping for better examples. But, I am not done with the book yet, so I hope it gets better.

Well this proves it, never judge a book by it's cover, or the first few chapters. By the time I got to the chapter on savin
Suzanne Hartmann
If you're feeling the pinch of the economy, like my family is, this book is just what you need. We may not be able to fix the recession, but we can take steps to make our own finances healthier. In this book, Lorilee shares practical money-saving advice she learned from the Amish. These tips are so easy and common sense, everyone can put them into practice, even in our hectic, modern world.

Loriles’s lively and humorous style makes this "money book" easy to read. I loved the stories she shared o
This book was a very simple look at the underlying ideas the Amish use to manage their money and thrive even in lean times. There was nothing Earth-shattering in this book as most of the concepts discussed were basic and common sense (and repeats to what you will find in other similar books). The little interjections and tidbits about the Amish values and basic outlook on things did help bring a little flavor to what was pretty bland so I enjoyed it in that respect.

I would recommend this book o
Bess Eckstein
Was this brilliant? No. But I bought it for 99 cents and I'm glad I did - because I was once again reminded that everything comes back to relationships and paying attention to things and people - living on purpose. (That said, don't bother trying the "tin foil in the dryer" tip - it doesn't work.)
Lori Jones
I liked the premise of the book and the stories of the Amish people were interesting. Unfortunately, much of the advice is simple common sense that our grandparents tried to tell us about and we didn't listen. Growing up in a heavily Mormon area, much of the spiritual ideals about money seem incredibly familiar, just remove Amish and replace with Mormon. Maybe if I was a little more "Fancy" like the author and her expensive tastes (Talbots, the Gap, Starbucks, etc) this ideas would indeed be rev ...more
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was a quick, informative read. The author is funny and comes from a Mennonite background so she had a little personal perspective on the Amish. She was really good at taking Amish principles and applying them to modern life. Some advice sounded like Dave Ramsey whose principles she is familiar with. At the end of the book, she writes about a Trivial Pursuit get-together with the Amish families which emphasized the joy of community, one of the t ...more
Heather Denkmire
Oct 06, 2013 Heather Denkmire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I hated this book. Maybe something redeeming happened deeper into it, but I couldn't take more than a few chapters. It was gross. She made jokes like (paraphrasing here), "We'd be living under a bridge if we didn't do something about our expenses." I just couldn't take the cutesy-folksy tone. It sounded like she had never really known real financial hardship. Like I said, maybe more was revealed later on. But, ugh, I wasn't going to spend my time finding otu.
Jun 14, 2011 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America’s thriftiest people, the Amish. I really enjoyed reading this book by orilee Craker. On sale for $10.19 at MTL Christian Bookstore

The book had some good insights and ideas in how the Amish live, work, save, and spend. I think readers of finance books, personal finance, and Amish fiction would enjoy reading this book.
Rachel Hogan
Oct 16, 2014 Rachel Hogan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2014
I loved this book! It was so interesting and taught me a lot. I loved the author also. Very funny in some chapters but this is def. one of the best books I have read in a while.
Denise Kurtz
Jul 02, 2012 Denise Kurtz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amish way of life has always intrigued me. I enjoyed reading this, mostly because I discovered I have much in common with them! Good read if you are trying to find ways to save money and live frugally. Refreshing outlook on how unimportant "things" really are, compared to the freedom that debt free living brings.
Kristen Wampner
May 28, 2014 Kristen Wampner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A peek into the Amish lifestyle and how they handle their resources. If you are familiar with any Dave Ramsey teachings then you will quickly realize that the Amish use the K.I.S.S. technique. This book is filled with ideas, bargaining thoughts, and tips on how to live simple, how to share, and how to save just as the title states. I enjoyed this book because I'm fascinated with the Amish lifestyle and though I don't agree with everything they do I think people would be a lot more happy if we go ...more
The Amish fascinate me which makes me always interested in reading books about them. This book was well written although I knew most of it already.
Andrea Gavurin
May 2013. Read it for book club. Did not like the tone of the book. Nor the suggestions to save money. This should have been an article in a magazine.
If you need an entire chapter telling you to pay your bills on time, this might be the book for you.

D N F.
Jun 22, 2015 Helena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, amish
I liked the stories of the Amish families, and they provided some interesting tips. I liked the book fine, but if you are already trying to be frugal and have done some reading on the subject, there's probably not a lot in here that will be new to you. The author identifies herself as Mennonite but does not seem to live in what we tend to think of as a typical Mennonite way--and honestly, if she were Mennonite it seems like a lot of the tips she got from the Amish people she befriended would hav ...more
Missy Whitacre
Apr 26, 2015 Missy Whitacre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very easy read but a few hours on a Saturday night might have been put to better use if I had decided to knit socks for my goldfish.

This book was a complete let down. I found the Amish theme to be complete gimmick and that the author's sometimes tried to justify her approach to saving money to be condescending.

It honestly taught me nothing new. I've learned more about saving and spending from blogs that are free than this book.

Why is it that so many of us get suckered in to BUYIN
Florence Millo
Money Secrets of the Amish takes Lorilee Craker on a mission to find the secrets to the Amish surviving the economic crisis in a way us ‘Englishers’ were unable to. “Thrift, common sense, wise money management, delayed gratification, etc. are taught from the time (they) are knee-high to a grasshopper”, Lorilee writes. She has a difficult time getting definite answers from those she interviews on the ways that they save money. Being humble, they are not boastful of their ways, or maybe as aware s ...more
Laurie Carlson
“Money Saving Secrets from the Amish” by Lorilee Craker

This is a great book to learn how to scale down and start saving some money, based upon Amish principles. It covers all kinds of things from Birthday to Christmas presents and even wrapping them! Clothing even includes some websites you can go to to purchase items at a lower cost. Even how to save money! This book shows us how the Amish carry NO debt! That is what we ALL strive to do, but somehow don’t seem to manage that as well as the Ami
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
There are those who might say that I’m a bit of an Amish person. I like simplicity. And I’m always careful with money.

So I guess it is not surprising that I loved this book. It’s chockfull of great ideas about how to have a happy life without spending a lot of money. These are the ideas I was taught by my frugal parents. These are the ideas I have lived all fifty-four years of my life. These are ideas that large groups of Amish people have lived all their lives. We know these ideas work. I deli
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Lorilee Craker speaks for MOPS groups and at other events for mothers. She writes on entertainment for a major daily newspaper and is the author of several books including Loving Life with Your Preschooler. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Doyle, and their two sons.
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