I chose to review this book simply because it had what I thought would help me save money. Little did I know I actually already do so many of the things in the book. Nice to know I could of wrote the book lol. However I will be truthful I think the title helps sale the book. Everyone is interested in the Amish life style. There is a natural curiosity about it.
By Lorilee Craker
So seriously the book has some wonderful ideas and tips. If your not already a thrifty person or someone who cans. The motto the author used was “use it up, wear it out, make do or do without." Well personally almost every homeschool mother I know does that EXACT thing already. The amounts of money these families in the book was able to save on such low incomes was actually kinda eye opening for me. I can relate to a lot of the income issues of the Amish families. I think a lot of the homeschool families I know only have a husband bringing in money. The Amish normally have many kids in the household and was able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars over years and years just simply by using the motto already told. I think in "our" world we have such pressures to buy the new shirt because it just looks so fresh or nice or sadly many people think because I deserve it. However in the "Amish" world those issues aren't really relevant.
I would totally recommend this book to help you stay on track homeschool mothers. I actually would recommend it to any mother trying to help save money in this economy. Most wife's/mothers are in charge of the household money so with such a heavy burden on our shoulders we have to take it seriously. The tips in the book are again very straight forward. You can begin them as soon as you read them!
I always like to include the actual description of the book from the website so here is info about the book and not my thoughts:
Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America’s thriftiest people, the Amish.
Author, journalist, and descendant of the Amish, Lorilee Craker, was just like the rest of us, feeling the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008. As a freelancer, her income was going the way of the dodo—family dollars seemed like an extinct myth, the bank account some archaeological evidence of past prosperity.
Then, inspired by a news segment covering her people, the Amish, and how they emerged from the economic crisis unscathed, she realized it was time to get back to her roots and learn a thing or two about their time-tested approach to personal finances. While the middle-class was wringing its hands over the family budget and the wealthy were weeping over their slashed portfolios, the Amish were content as always, spared from the cares of the world and worldliness. They not only had financial health to support their lives, they exuded a wholeness that eludes so many when the financial bottom drops out.
In Money Secrets of the Amish, readers go on an “Amish money makeover,” learning the choices, secrets, and disciplines that safeguarded the contentment and the coffers of America’s favorite plain folk by spending less, saving more, and getting happier doing it.