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 tried and true financial habits the Amish have employed for generations that will make your cash last longer and help you build wealth. Craker provides tips to... use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without... rethink your gift giving... repurpose, recycle, and reuse... eat like royalty for a peasant’s pittance.
©2011 Lorilee Craker (P)2011 Oasis
I really loved this book. I've read and listened to quite a few books on "how to be frugal", but they all seemed to be written by people I honestly felt I would not hang out with if I met them in life. This book, however, gave me the exact opposite feeling. Lorilee, the author, has a wonderful self-depricating sense of humour and she does get the fact that the majority of people who are looking to save money are people for whom it does not come naturally.
I loved her anecdotes and found myself bursting into laughter with Lorilee's retelling of the financial mistakes she has made in her life. This book is incredibly inspiring and as I listened I would frequently bookmark and make notes on passages that resonated with me. I have recommended this book to my friends and family members who, like myself, need to start being mindful about our money but can't stand the smugness of most of the frugal-living authors out there.
Yes. Over & over!
The humbleness of the Amish while saving tons!
Learning to live smarter from the Amish, who knew?!
I've learned more with this book than googling money secrets. It's so down to earth that even the poorest of folks can benefit from reading & heeding it. I for one will not be throwing out anything anymore but instead putting it to good use & having fun while saving big money:)
I liked the fact that the author read her own book and was able to laugh at herself while presenting common sense information that many people have long since forgotten. I also like the fact that the information in a gentle, lighthearted manner. However, much of the information is extremely practical and can be utilized by almost anybody. I can also understand One reviewer's comments of this book when they urged the list or not to buy it, as I noted above much of what is presented is commonsense information. But I will admit that having listen to this book it made me revisit some of my spending habits and I will over $200 this year, thanks to a little common sense.
What I had hoped would be at least a literary listen turned out to be a list of entirely ordinary and everyday saving ideas. As an audio book it fails completely. I'm sure to browse through you might pick up an average money saving tip. But if you live a reasonable life already - don't bother. Mending clothing, repairing dryers and organizing your closet are not illuminating ideas.
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