10 Amish Money Myths

Amish money myths

By Lorraine Butler

Many people have misconceptions about the Amish and their way of life. While many people know that Amish are frugal, one of the biggest misconceptions due to this is that they maintain a way of life that’s reminiscent of “the good old days” and that doesn’t rely on money. However, many of the beliefs people hold about Amish culture are nothing more than myths. Here are a few different money related myths about the Amish:

Use of Money

You might be surprised by how many people believe that the Amish don’t actually use money. Money has factored into most cultures and civilizations in some way, shape, or form. There’s a common misconceptio


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7 Responses to 10 Amish Money Myths

  1. ben says:

    Why is there such a fascination with Amish culture, yet so many misunderstandings about it?

  2. Rags says:

    Why are the Amish not referred to as a tribe ? Whereas anyone and everyone in Africa and middle-east are referred to as belonging to a tribe ?

  3. Jo says:

    The origins of the Amish come from Germany. They are a totally different culture and religion from that of the peoples of Africa and in the Middle East. Why WOULD they call themselves a tribe.

    The internet has a lot of information regarding the life of the Amish; you ought to consider taking a little bit of time to find out what they are all about. I did and learned a lot as a result.

    Knowledge is power. :-)

  4. Cindy says:

    My local thrift stores are packed with Amish on Mondays for the weekly sales (thought they weren’t to drive, and these ladies do wear very severe black outfits and come with no men in sight, not that this matters, somebody enlighten me, they must have a less restrictive doctrine they go by). Anyhoo, they buy cartfuls of coats and other good quality clothing and other goods. They aren’t dumb. I think as individuals they do pretty much whatever the heck they want to do within reason, as do we all these days, and we all find ways to justify it, ha-ha. I certainly don’t hold them in any higher esteem than anyone else though the frugality is appealing to me. You learn with age that folks just look “religious” and on a personal basis might be Pharisees, ha-ha.

  5. Ben, people would rather make assumptions about things that fascinate them and not devote the time to find out the particulars.

    I think this article was rather enlightening, as I always believed many of the myths. Nice to know they aren’t as cut-off from the way the ‘real’ world does things.

  6. Some of what is posted above isn’t exactly correct. Yes, some do have credit cards or computers….but, it is behind the back of the bishop.
    I have Amish family and roots. My father was Amish until his 30’s (now in his 90’s). I have aunts, uncles and cousins who are Amish now, that I am in direct contact with, vacation with, and Amish neighbors just down the road that I am friends with.
    It almost sounds like you have confused the Amish with the Mennonite, who split off of the Amish and who DO embrace modern conveniences, and some sects even drive cars amount the Mennonite.
    All Amish did not come from Germany. They also were Dutch and English as well.

  7. Romey says:

    Just another crazy religious cult.

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