Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 19, 2011

Simplicity, sharing and saving—“Money Secrets of the Amish”

Lorilee Craker, author of “Money Secrets of the Amish,” learned that the Amish weren’t just surviving the economic downturn but thriving and decided to find out how they were doing it and whether it would work for everyone.  She discovered some tried and true methods the Amish have used for generations that makes cash last longer and helps build wealth.  No, it has little to do with the lack of electronic devices or motorized vehicles and more to do with living simply, reusing and repurposing items, sharing with others and being frugal.  These are habits everyone needs to practice.


If you are struggling financially and seeking ways to make every penny count, this book is an invaluable investment.  Learn how to live upside down by using it up, wearing it out and making do or doing without.  You will see the benefits of delayed gratification and rethink how you give gifts.  You will learn the necessity of despoiling your children and shopping secondhand.  You will even learn that the best things in life are free and the new bartering system.  I’m all for bringing back the bartering system.


The poor economy doesn’t have to put a damper on your finances.  Following the Amish ways may just boost your bank account.  While the methods in this book may not help everyone, you might find something that will make a big difference in your family’s life.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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.”



  1. You always do such a good job. I enjoyed reading your review and I ordered the book and one for my Dad.

    • Thanks for the encouragement! I hope you will find lots of good ideas in the book.

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