A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway for the book Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker from Colletta's Kitchen Sink. I like personal finance books and books about frugality, so I was pretty excited to read this book. I didn't have to review the book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit and wanted to share about it here.
In general, nothing in the book is new advice, but I definitely got a new perspective on frugality and have a renewed interest in some areas. One of my favorite chapters was the one about secondhand shopping. I liked the idea of secondhand shopping for home items and even gifts. It gave me a new perspective on thrifting and makes me excited to look for some new items when I go out to stores.
The chapter on gifts was interesting as well. I try to be creative about gift giving and keep our budget to a reasonable amount each year, but there were some new ideas for gifts that I picked up from this chapter. Another key concept this book emphasized is to reuse items and make do with what we have in our homes instead of always buying new. I saved a butter container this morning in the hopes that I will think of a way to use it for a craft or for storage. :) I usually don't save these things, but recycle them instead, but I will give this a try.
I would definitely recommend this book. It was a fast, enjoyable read with some great, practical ideas.
Do you have a favorite frugal gift? How about something fun I can do with the margarine tub?