Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker to review.
In this book, Lorilee Craker, who comes from a Mennonite background, explores how the Amish live frugally and what the rest of us can learn from them. Each chapter ends with a suggestion/challenge to implement a "baby step" version of the tips addressed in that chapter.
I was excited about this book. We can all use new ideas for frugal living, and I love learning more about the Amish. However, these tips all seemed VERY common sense to me. Who doesn't know that buying used, and not going into debt are ways to live more frugally? I also found it very unbelievable that, if she was raised Mennonite, she didn't already know all these things. If she had said "I'd forgotten this" or "I drifted away from these practices", fine, but if she was raised Mennonite, how did she not know these things, whether she followed them or not? All in all, if you are looking for some very basic tips about frugal living, with enjoyable tidbits and stories about the Amish thrown in, this would be a great book. If you already try to live within your means, and are looking for ways to further economize, I'd skip this one.
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