Actually, yes. MarketWatch has a very interesting interview titled 'Financial secrets of the Amish: How to save $400,000, raise 14 children and buy a $1.3 million farm'. Here's an excerpt.
I met this one farmer, Amos, near Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania. He had saved $400,000 over the course of 20 years while raising 14 children and renting a farm for around $1,800 a month. He was about ready to put down $400,000 on a down payment on his own $1.3 million farm. They’re big on big down payments and being in as little debt as possible.
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It’s this incredible bone-deep thrift, which is not really stinginess. It’s a generous frugality. They will go to great lengths to re-use, re-cycle and re-purpose. They don’t do it to be green, they do it to be thrifty.
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One lady in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was making pies while I was interviewing her. She would take the gallon tins from apple butter and cut off the top and the bottom, and create ‘hotkaps’ for gardening. They’re plant protectors that would cost $15 in a store. Their mindset is, “What do I have on hand that would serve that purpose?” They never buy retail unless it’s something like toilet paper. There are always ways around it.
There's more at the link.
I'm not sure those of us living a non-Amish lifestyle could adopt all their money-saving techniques, but we can certainly learn from their dedication to important things and refusal to waste money and resources on what isn't important. Recommended reading.
On a similar note, congratulations to Linoge and his wife for setting an example of purposeful financial planning. In today's difficult economic conditions, theirs is an outstanding achievement.