I grew up in Amish country. Having them as neighbors was always fascinating. If you want to know how to live a frugal life, work the land, avoid buttons and drive a buggy, move in with an Amish family.
I’m no expert, so instead of me gabbing to you about the few things I do understand about the Amish and their frugal ways, here is a book on the subject:
The author, Lorilee Craker, takes a journalistic approach by sharing insights from interviews of Amish individuals and families. One of the creeds she hears over and over is:
Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” – Money Secrets of the Amish
Craker does a good job of including “English” (non-Amish) examples in the frugal advice.
For example, I’ve never really had a strong need to make a dozen mincemeat pies on a dime. Sadly, I’m just not cool like that. But I do know there is always wisdom in preparing and storing food long-term.
So there is plenty you can derive from this book. Perhaps it will inspire you to pick up a new habit or two.
The author is witty. So there’s that.
If you want to check out some other great books about personal finance, here are my previous reviews:
“The Millionaire Next Door” – March Book Review
“Smart Money, Smart Kids” – February Book Review
Join the discussion: If you could spend a day with an Amish family, what would you do?
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