Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Money Secrets of the Amish

My most recent Booksneeze book was Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker.  I chose this book because I am always working on doing a better job with our family's money.  We never save enough, we always get sucked into debt of some kind, and we often feel like we can't catch up.  The subtitle of the book is Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing and Saving.  Sooooo, PERFECT!  Just what I needed!  If the Amish can do it, I can too.

Anyway, back to my review.  The book didn't tell me anything that I didn't actually already know about the basic principles of being smart with your money... I know to avoid debt by not giving into instant gratification gimmicks (same as cash, zero interest, etc.), and I already shop second hand.  I also know that saving is important.  However, Lorilee Craker tells us things we already know in a hilarious way.  I seriously laughed out loud more than once.  Her writing is quirky, funny and honest.  She also gives some great insight into just how amazing the Amish are with their money and possessions compared to the average American. I discovered more than I wanted to about how little I am doing when it comes to living a more simple life.

Until I read this book, I thought I reused and repurposed things fairly decently.  I found out I suck.  I wish I could crochet all my old plastic bags into reusable shopping bags, and I never seriously considered it until I read about her visual image of a duck being throttled to death by a plastic bag that had been carelessly thrown away.  After that, I might just reteach myself how to crochet. 

I would recommend this book not only to those who are interested in learning common sense tips about money, but also to people who want to stretch their dollar and learn ways to become more self-sufficient.  After reading this book, I am more motivated to give my extra to those in need (I often put it off, or feel my tithe is "enough"),  plant a larger garden, and work on teaching my kids that less is more.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I will most likely read it again and earmark the pages that have tips I want to start using!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers 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.