This past week my family and I (Jon) were on vacation in Lancaster, PA.
While we were there we did all the tourist things, Hershey, shopping, Amish auction and an authentic Amish buggy ride. Our buggy driver was a 17 year old young lady who was full of questions and had lots of answers to our many questions.
While talking with her we learned that her oldest brother (34) had just bought a 100 acre piece of land. When we asked how much he paid she said she was unsure, but that last week 10 acres of woods sold for $410,000 USD. The part that is SO impressive to us was that most of these young people pay CASH for these properties.
So, where and how do these young people come up with this kind of money? A simple saying that has been passed down for generations.
“Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without”
These words are taught to the Amish children from the time they are very young. Combine this wisdom with the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit most Amish seem to have and you have people in their mid 30’s buying HUGE pieces of land for cash.
So, what does this have to do with us? Simple. You don’t have to be Amish to implement the wisdom we see in the quote of “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without.”
Next time you consider tossing something with a little rip maybe try repairing it. Or maybe find an alternative brand that is much cheaper than name brand. Why not try waiting the next time you REALLY want something, think on in for 2 weeks, and see how much you want it after waiting.