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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorilee Craker Narrator: Lorilee Craker Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781608148721
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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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways.”

    Beth Wiseman, bestselling author of Plain Promise

  • “Sometimes touching, sometimes humorous and always helpful, author Lorilee Craker pulls us into the family rooms of the Amish and shows us how they make ends meet.”

    Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World

  • An Audie Award Finalist in 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/11/2014

    " The Amish fascinate me which makes me always interested in reading books about them. This book was well written although I knew most of it already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Jones | 2/11/2014

    " I liked the premise of the book and the stories of the Amish people were interesting. Unfortunately, much of the advice is simple common sense that our grandparents tried to tell us about and we didn't listen. Growing up in a heavily Mormon area, much of the spiritual ideals about money seem incredibly familiar, just remove Amish and replace with Mormon. Maybe if I was a little more "Fancy" like the author and her expensive tastes (Talbots, the Gap, Starbucks, etc) this ideas would indeed be revolutionary, but for me it was just an "eh, what's new?" Still, I would recommend this book for people to read to get the gist of ideas that maybe aren't so old fashioned after all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Jo | 2/5/2014

    " Easy read... nothing life shattering - things you already really know to do, but nice to be reminded. I loved the idea of letting up on the gift giving & getting. Our world is so selfish & materialistic sometimes... the Amish ways are so simple & hold so much joy. That was nice to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/2/2014

    " I got bored with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/30/2014

    " This book could have been much better. Reportedly Amish people have fared very well during the recent recession. The author decided to research how they do it. Many of their money handling principles are simply old-fashioned common sense (don't go into debt, save, use it up, reuse or go without). The Amish also do a lot of bartering, which works very well in their close-knit community. Bulk shopping is another thing they do, but this is not what most of us think of as bulk shopping (buying the extra large package at a warehouse store) - they buy 50 pounds of flour at a time. They also are do-it-yourselfers with many skills and raise most of their own food. Each chapter starts by talking about one of the money-management practices of the Amish, and then most of the rest of the chapter is the author talking about how she tried to apply it in her life. The book would have been better if it had just focused on the Amish with less of the author's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/27/2014

    " Despite the fact that it isn't fabulously well written, this book is worth the read. It contained several great tips and some humor. I also find the Amish fascinating, which is what originally drew me to this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 1/26/2014

    " send up prayers flare like, 400K 14kids 20yr, delayed gratification, humility, mend, use-up wear-out make-do do-without, minimalist Jobs, upside down values, meat tenderizer stings, practice no, too soon old too late smart, 40% food waste, 10% local, barter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 1/13/2014

    " Lots of great frugal ideas in here. A lot of these things I already do, but maybe need to do a little more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melz | 12/15/2013

    " I think you should save your money. The tips in this book are common sense. Use what you have, recycle, save money, grow a garden, barter. It's the same story with a couple of witty stories from the Amish thrown in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 12/6/2013

    " Nothing really amazing here. Fast read with basic practical wisdom. Just nothing you haven't heard or don't already consider. I just enjoyed some of the Amish quotes and anecdotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 12/6/2013

    " Quick & easy read. Good ideas for saving money. But implementing some of the ideas may take a lot of self discipline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 11/30/2013

    " The trouble with these kind of books is that I already do whatever it is they suggest hence I don't learn anything new...or what they consider to be frugal I consider extravagent so I feel like I'm already on a whole different level than what this book was intended for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 9/25/2013

    " I've been long overdue to read a personal finance/money book, and my interest in the Amish, made this book stick out. I'll read more that are more to the point, not so much a story, but this was a good start! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan Gagnon | 2/14/2013

    " it was a pretty interesting read. i enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, the last part seemed to go on longer than needed to get the point across. still a few goods tip found within the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KarieAnn | 2/9/2013

    " Lots of usual basics if you are already a frugal person. The steadfast willpower of the Amish to be as frugal as they are is definitely admirable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 6/24/2012

    " A book I got with Doubleday book club, but there were no eye opening revolutions for me about saving money. I don't even think I'm giving it to Harrison, just do without and make do is what it said, who wants to do that?????? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 11/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed how Lorilee Craker did this book. I like all the great tips in this book. I will use this book to look back on when I need to remind myself on how to spend money wiser!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 9/7/2011

    " This book is easy to read, made me laugh and taught me a lot about how simplifying could make a big impact on my finances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tazzypumpkin | 8/22/2011

    " Overall an ok book, but most of this is common sense stuff. Listened to on audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/9/2011

    " As a thrifty person many of the tips were things I already know and/or use. I did appreciate the quoting of folks like Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman and dozens of blogs. I also appreciate that the author researched with Amish from multiple states and not just one Amish community. "

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About the Author

Lorilee Craker is the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller Through the Storm with Lynne Spears. When not shuttling her three children to hockey, gymnastics, and everywhere in between, Lorilee moonlights as an entertainment and features writer for the Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan,and has written for magazines such as Parents and Parent and Child.