Let’s look at ways to save money like the Amish. If you want to find ways to save money, the Amish live the perfect lifestyle for you to emulate. They do not spend money on most things that people who live a regular lifestyle spend on.
This causes the Amish to need less money, be in less debt or none at all and live a life worrying less about money. Here are 10 ways in which you can save money, or avoid spending money like the Amish.
Regular weddings can cause a pretty penny. Engagement and wedding rings, outfits, honeymoon and all the other wedding activities can be of great expense. The Amish do not spend on these things. And it would be wise to simplify your wedding in a similar way, so that you can save some money and won’t be left in debt after the event.
The Amish do not own vehicles. They travel mainly by foot and buggies. They do not have the monthly car payment or auto fuel to think. You do not have to only travel by foot or buggies to save money on transportation. You can save by chartering, renting and taking public transportation. If you choose to own a vehicle, you can save on fuel by walking or cycling to places when possible, and not only depend on your automobile.
3.Leisure And Fun
The Amish are hardworking people. But they do have leisure and fun time too. They visit and gather at each other’s homes instead of going to an expensive restaurant. They don’t participate in leisure time activities that will make them spend a lot of money. Some inexpensive activities include card games (not gambling), board games camping and bird-watching.
The Amish enjoy giving and receiving gifts like people in normal society. But they do not spend a lot of money on ‘just because’ gifts. They give functional, simple and inexpensive gifts like buggy towels, books, and clocks. You could try to apply this when buying gifts. Choose to buy functional and inexpensive gifts.
5.Furniture And Home Decor
The Amish homes are plain and simple. They use good quality furniture. But just what is required. So in your money saving endeavours, only use furniture that you need and avoid buying pieces just for aesthetics or what is trending. Also, avoid too much home decor like the Amish.
The Amish usually save a lot on food. They try to grow most of their food and preserve for later usage. They also keep a well stocked pantry not only by preserving what they grow, but bulk buying what they don’t make or grow. Bulk buying can help you to benefit from special wholesale prices. Causing you to spend less on food.
Schooling is one of the most expensive things that regular people have to spend on. But homeschooling can be just as good or even better. And won’t cost you so much money. Or even your time. This is another smart tradition that help most Amish families to spend less money.
Keeping up with fashion and clothing trends will keep you spending endless amounts of money. But if you choose to be like the Amish, you can save by making your own clothes and focus on owning essential pieces.
A lot of regular people spend a lot on electricity, buying water and technology. The Amish don’t have these things in their budget. So they save a lot by choosing to be off-grid. You too can save a lot by eliminating some of the things you use. Go off-grid, or choose to use a minimal amount of these resources.
Amish ‘barn raising’ is a tradition that saves them a lot of money. An Amish community will gather and build a barn for a member without charging for their time and labor. The same can be done when you are constructing your home. Ask friends and family to support you by contributing their time and labour. That will save you a hefty lot of money, as it can be quite costly to pay for all the labour that goes into building construction.
All the best on your money saving endeavours.