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What’s the ‘Buzz’ With Grandpa’s Honeybees?


What Grandpa Learned From His Honeybees: The Little Book to Be Smart with Your Money and Help the Environment

By  Henry and Mary Svec, 2023

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 94

What Grandpa Learned From His Honeybees: The Little Book to Be Smart with Your Money and Help the Environment may seem like a mouthful. It may also seem like an unusual combination of topics. But Henry and Mary Svec make it work. Using clear, easy-to-understand language and real-life examples, the Svecs guide you through smart money strategies intertwined with lessons learned from bee life. It’s amazing!

The Beginning

The authors begin by telling us how they turned their fifty-acre farm in Canada back over to nature to create a honeybee sanctuary. Along the way, they share lessons learned via five years of observing and working with honeybees. After all, “honey is money” to bees.  

Using that as a springboard, they dive into “how a successful hive is very much like someone who is smart with their money.” And they show you exactly what that means – and how to get there.


This includes explanations and examples of how to save, invest, not spend foolishly, and have reserves for the future. But that’s not all. “Being smart with your money means you invest in ways that are also accidentally good for the environment,” like the manner in which bees “accidentally” pollinate flowers.

It’s So. Darn. Clever. And timely.


Ten thoughtful chapters outline lessons from bees that you can put to use right away and help the environment at the same time. Each chapter includes three sections: The Bee Story offers a bee example you can use to be smart with your money today. A Smart Money Lesson provides practical solutions and applications. An Investment Lesson offers additional ideas and brings the honeybee lesson into your investment portfolio.

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Smart money strategies include asking yourself questions like:

  • Do I really need that new phone or new clothing item?
  • Can I recycle or repurpose instead of buying something new?
  • Am I living in the right place?

Effective strategies for combatting FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). The “30% rule” related to your personal residence. How little things become big things over time. Understanding the difference between value and price.

In Lay Terms

Upbeat, energetic, and down-to-earth, this helpful little book is written in “lay terms.” You don’t have to be a financial wizard to grasp the principles laid out here. The writing style is straight-forward, informative, and engaging. It’s easy to follow and understand. (Bonus: You learn a lot about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of bee behavior. Fascinating.)

It’s all designed to help you learn how to accumulate enough wealth “to live stress-free since you will always be able to pay your bills.”

BEE Smart

In other words, What Grandpa Learned From His Honeybees shows you how to BEE smart with your money today so you don’t have to worry about the future.

This book is an excellent resource, especially in these uncertain times. I’d grab a copy now ‘fize you. 

Our Rating: 4.0

2 thoughts on “What’s the ‘Buzz’ With Grandpa’s Honeybees?

  1. Hmmm, we have 2 honeybee hives in our backyard, and I haven’t learned much from them yet. In fact, they haven’t even provided us with honey yet. I do like the sound of this book, and I’m glad someone learned something from them! LOL

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