Money Saving Secrets of the Amish – Review and Giveaway!

My husband recently brought home the book Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker. I have to admit I was skeptical on whether I would actually be able to implement any of these “Amish secrets” this book was going to reveal. We aren’t exactly ready to trade in the Prius for a horse and buggy and I’m not too anxious to shut off our utilities any time soon! But I read it anyway and I’m really glad I did.

The author wrote the book in a very conversational tone and I found her writing style rather enjoyable. Although we’ve been living a more frugal lifestyle than many Americans I was able to glean a bit of new and useful information from this book. I think I’ll be taking a closer look at our local thrift stores for bargains this year and will also be re-evaluating the number of gifts we give our children during the holidays (the Amish give one or two gifts to each child, one of which is a practical gift like a new dress or a tool).

If you are looking for useful ways to save your family some money I recommend reading this book. It is a quick and easy read full of tips and stories. One of my favorite stories is about the Amish farmer who saved $400,000 in 20 years while renting his farm and raising 14 children! Talk about inspiration!

I am giving away a copy of Money Secrets of the Amish to one lucky reader! Here’s how to enter:

In the spirit of full disclosure,  the opinions written here are mine and mine alone. I was in no way compensated for this review.


There are four ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment here telling me why you want to read this book.
  2. Become a fan of our page on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me that you did. If you are already a fan just post a comment here saying that you already are.
  3. Post my button on your blog and leave a comment here telling me you did with a link to your blog.
  4. Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me that you did.

The winner will be contacted by email.

Rules: Giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on February 19, 2012. The winner will be chosen the following day via Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
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82 Responses to Money Saving Secrets of the Amish – Review and Giveaway!

  1. Always looking for ways to save money – $400K is inspirational. Would love a copy of the book.

  2. Following you on facebook.

  3. Shared and tagged you on our business page – Hobby HIll Farm

  4. Bonnie says:

    Love the web site! This books sounds promising for all of us who want to be more responsible financially!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Followed on Facebook!

  6. Alanah Bonney says:

    I would LOVE to win this book because I would love to learn how the amish save money and control their finances since I admire how the amish live their life. My friends joke that if my dad and I could we would be amish except we would keep the electricity. Lol.

  7. Kim Rodgers says:

    Would love to win this book. We live in Amish country and I have always admired them for their skills. As a single Mom now, I am trying to establish a small homestead to pass on to my 2 boys. I feel this life style will help shape them into hard working, responsible men…and teach them they can survive w/ out a grocery shore,ore packaged foods and McDonalds.

  8. Sue Emmons says:

    I am already a fan on Facebook. And check out the blog often. I am interested in checking out this book. I am always looking for ways to save money an go natural.

  9. Susan Knotts says:

    This book sounds exactly like the things I have been trying to get my hands on lately. I think all of us have lost a bit of what life and family is really all about and become captive towards keeping up with the people next door. We could all learn something from these hardworking humble people. The book Money Secrets of The Amish sounds very interesting.

  10. I would like to read this book because my husband and I are trying to get back to being self sufficient and as family oriented as possible. We are doing a lot of changes this year to the way we view and live life. This book would help us a lot in finding some other ways to save money.

  11. I am already a fan of your facebook page.

  12. I shared on Facebook!

  13. I liked your Facebook page.

    I would love to read this book because we have just started our homestead, have 4 children, and a baby on the way… Every penny counts!

    I shared this giveaway on my Facebook page. :)

  14. Elia says:

    Always looking to save money!! :)

  15. Keli Martin says:

    I am always looking for frugal, sustainable living tips! This book would be wonderful in my endeavors.

  16. Elia says:

    I am a fan on facebook :)

  17. Elia says:

    I posted your button on my blog

  18. Donna Shipe says:

    Would love to have a copy of this to read. We are in the process of looking for a farmette to buy. We want to get back to our roots and be more self suficiant. Any information to help us along in this pursuit would be a God send. I am already a fan of yours and enjoy reading your posts.

  19. I have always been so fascinated by how the Amish live and how frugal they are! I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for offering us a chance to win!

  20. I’m already a fan on FB.

    {Kortney Ozbirn Ewing}

  21. Mindy Wray says:

    I would love to read this. My husband I are fortunate in that the only debt we have is our home. I’m in need of ways to put more money away though. This would be a huge help! (And I follow you on FB…your blog is one of my favorites!)

  22. Kate says:

    I’m a FB fan

  23. Kate says:

    I posted your giveaway and my excitement about it on facebook!

  24. Kate says:

    I would REALLY love to win this book…because otherwise I’m going to buy this book!

  25. Karen604 says:

    A simpler life would explain how our parents saved more than we do. But I need clues to the simpler life.

  26. Karen604 says:

    I already like you on FB and have commented there.

  27. Erica Brown says:

    I am already a fan and have shared this on my page. I think this book would be quite interesting to read.

  28. Jess D says:

    always looking to save money, sounds like an interesting book!

  29. Erica hall says:

    I am always looking for ways to save my family money – thanks for the great giveaway!


  30. Erica hall says:

    I became a fan

  31. Erica hall says:

    I shared on Facebook

  32. I liked you on facebook!

  33. I have no idea how to get the button that you are talking about, BUT i did a post for it and left text linkbacks. Here’s my link
    ps. I would luv if you would follow me!

  34. I want to win the book for several reasons:
    1)I’ve always been fasinated with the Amish, Plains people, Mennonite, etc so any books about them I buy (except the fictional romance ones not my cup of tea)
    2)I’ve always had a deep respect for how they are able to support their families all the while “doing without” (our Englisher ways of thinking) wether monetarily, medically: and ALL their family entended and all!
    3)I think this is one reason that most Amish families are so close, I hope to gleam some of this. People always tease us that we are so close we can’t do anything without the others, but I love that – I want to build on that and ALWAYS have it not just when he is young!

  35. Donna C says:

    I am a college student under a mountain of debt. I would love to read this book to learn some tips to free myself from this burden!!

  36. Cathy says:

    Just “liked” you on facebook!!!!

  37. teresa says:

    Have already been following you on FB. Always liked the ways of the Amish. Have several of their cookbooks.

  38. Stacia Curtis says:

    I’m a fan on facebook. Would love to read this book. This stuff is very interesting.

  39. Our farm is right in the middle of Amish country here in Ohio.I shared your give away and as you know already a fan.Happy Valentines!

  40. Melissa Braun says:

    My family has recently become far more frugal. Bottom line-if we don’t have the money, we don’t buy it! No credit cards or additional debt for two years now, and slowly paying down all of our debt. Everything we buy now is cash only! I LOVE to read, and would love this book without having to buy it! Thank you-

  41. I am fascinated by the Amish. Many times wish I could live like that – well close to it. I like my computer too much though :)

  42. Button on my bloggy page. BTW, you are missing /> from the end of the code.

  43. Alla says:

    I liked your facebook page as Mountain Valley Farms. I would love to receive this book.

  44. Lea says:

    The primary reason that I’m interested is a recent change in our income. My husband’s hours have been drastically cut, and I’ve been combing out budget making small changes to help us maintain. And I’m always looking for additional ways to make a very small income go a very long way! This book looks simply wonderful!


  45. Lea says:

    I just found you on FB this week! Lucky me!

  46. Lea says:

    … though my blog has been inactive for some time, I will gladly share your giveaway on FB. Thank you so much!

  47. Wilda Lahmann says:

    I have liked on Facebook.

  48. Wilda Lahmann says:

    I have shared on Facebook.

  49. Wilda Lahmann says:

    I would love to win this book. I have always been fascinated by the Amish and their ways of living. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  50. MommaMary says:

    I would love to read this book, I’m always on the lookout for command sense ideas.

  51. MommaMary says:

    I am a fan on facebook.

  52. MamaHen says:

    I love to read and learn about the Amish and their lifestyle. Please enter me!

  53. Cindy W says:

    Would love to read this book, we have a small farm and are raising 4 children. We would love to be more frugle.

  54. I woud love a copy of this book because growing up in PA where we grew our own vegtables to eat and can and I as a child would be wild blackberry picking to make wonderful desserts with and loved it. We would go to the farms and pick strawberries and make jelly, jams, preserves, freeze them and make homemade strawberry shortcakes. I loved all of it and felt so at home at doing it. I tried to keep this tradition up when I started my own family and had 1 acre in TX with a large garden and a peach orchid and plums trees. But a divorce and having to go to work as a single mother all lead to too much for me to carry for and had to down size and move into the city.
    I know growing up around the Amish that they are very self sufficient and resourceful and would love to learn there ways. I don’t know what it is but I have always felt like that is the way God intended it to be and also believe in the bartering system too. Think the more we have advanced in life the more complicated it has become.

  55. I shared this giveaway on facebook

  56. Thanks to a friend sharing the giveway on FB I am now a FB follower and clicked LIKE and now get your feeds

  57. Rachel Salinardi says:

    I love the Amish! Wish I could be amish!

  58. Rachel Salinardi says:

    Friended you on fb!

  59. Ahavah says:

    I would love to read this book! I am very interested in learning more about the Amish, especially since we have recently moved to an area that has several Amish and Mennonite communities. I’m also always eager to learn about more frugal living, but especially since I have recently quit my job to stay at home again. Thank you for the opportunity!

  60. Ahavah says:

    I am also already a fan on your FB page. :)

  61. Ahavah says:

    I don’t have a blog (yet – I’m considering it) to post your button on, but I am sharing this giveaway on FB right now. Thanks!

  62. colleen chamberlain says:

    I would like to win this book because as a single mother of two children, I need to save every penny I can. I have always admired the Amish community for mean reasons from the family to how hard they work. What an inspiration in these times when most people would rather do nothing then work the land or do physical activity.

  63. I’m already a fan on Facebook!

  64. Deb says:

    I would love to read this book. I have always admired the Amish although I have no desire to go back in time as far as they are. I’m sure I could learn much from this book. Also shared on Facebook. Thanks.

  65. nicole says:

    I would like to read this book because I am frugal and always looking for ways to save.

  66. nicole says:

    Im your new fan!

  67. Layna says:

    I am a fan! This book mirrors my most coveted goals. I would love to read it!!!

  68. Renita says:

    Following you on facebook and shared link on facebook.

  69. Dianna says:

    I am already a facebook fan of your page:)

    I would love to read this book. We are trying to live a sustainable life, and buying what we need instead of what we want. I cannot wait to read this book!

  70. lani says:

    Looks like a good-book. am going to share all the ways you asked from facebook to button on my blog to even a tweet! A sweet tweet…lol

  71. LauraDrahan says:

    I would love to learn how to save money, especially since we’re interested in homesteading and simplifying our lives. I was raised with Quaker values and look for a return to this!

    Also liked on FB!!

  72. Tiffany says:

    Always interested in learning how to save money :) but this book looks especially interesting

  73. Tiffany says:

    Already follow you on Facebook

  74. Becky says:

    My husband retired early – health reasons – and I am staring at a lay-off. We need a copy of this book to help us restructure our lives. Thank you.

  75. Jessica Austin says:

    I have always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle, and always looking for new ways to save money.

  76. sarah myers says:

    we have a large amish community where I live and I have always wondered how they lived on less, this book would be a great insight!!

  77. sarah myers says:

    I follow you on facebook!

  78. Courtney says:

    This sounds like a great book. I’m always looking for more inspiration and ideas for saving money! I always enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle, too, as it prompts me to re-evaluate how cluttered mine is in comparison.

  79. Courtney says:

    I follow you on facebook.