what husbands wish their wives knew about money

Jesus loves budgets

What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew About Money
Burkett
1977

This book is a mix of scripture and financial advice. For the most part, the author assumes that the woman is clueless about the intricacies of money. This book is to help the husband explain the big bad world of money management. There are lots of stories sprinkled throughout the book on women being trapped by credit. (I guess the men are more immune to the the call of credit.)

The couples profiled have a variety of problems: wife wants to live way above the family’s means, the husband is a miser with the funds, and wife resents him. A husband is somewhat “shamed” for making his wife take a job typing in her spare time. Good husbands don’t do that. The wife, in another scenario, “borrows” from her father.

Women and Taxes book cover

Women and Taxes

Women and Taxes
Leynse and Kamensky
1984

According to the back of this book, women can improve their life by understanding taxes. I wonder if men have the same life improvement experience.

I am a huge advocate of financial literacy for everyone. I am a fan of a book that helps explain all the financial ins and outs of being a working person. Too bad the advice in this book is behind about 3 or 4 major overhauls to the tax code. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 made almost every item about tax shelters, expenses, etc. an instant candidate for weeding.

Almost every year, Holly and I run into tax advice books sitting on library shelves from the 1980s and 1990s. Unless you committed fraud, you won’t be on the hook for anything after 7 years. Keeping consumer tax information around is a waste of space. Personally, I would weed tax info after 3 years.

women divorce and money cover

Show me the money

Women, Divorce, and Money
Plain Talk about money, procedures, settlements, financial survival for women who are divorced or thinking about divorce
Rogers
1981

This book was still in circulation as of this writing. Legal advice and information should be considered as suspect after about 5 years or so. This book probably should have been weeded decades ago. The 1970s and the 1980s saw some serious changes in attitudes toward divorce. Prior to 1970, no-fault divorce wasn’t an option. It wasn’t until 1974 that women could even obtain a credit card. The topic of divorce and money would be an important topic for a public library collection.

how to make real money in 2nd Life cover

Second Life Income

How to Make Real Money in Second Life
Freedman
2008

This one is mine. I had been neglecting my weeding and found this floating around my computer books. This book was purchased and added to the collection in 2008 and it had exactly 2 circs. I guess no one wanted to make real money in Second Life. I had weeded another Second Life book back in the day, and it sounded like there were still core folks using this platform. It also sounded like it was very different from the old days.

mortgage financing

One man’s loss is another man’s groin

Keys to Mortgage Financing and Refinancing
Barron’s Business Keys
Friedman and Harris
1993

Okay, I admit I picked this one just for the cover. Then I sent it to Holly and she came up with a brilliant title. See above. Although Holly and I are professionals with more than 20 years of experience each, we still have the sense of humor of your average 12 year old boy. Seriously, Barron’s did you not take this to a focus group? Maybe they were hoping some subtle design would make mortgage information sexy.

smart spending

Smart Spending for the Teens

Smart Spending
A Young Consumer’s Guide
Schmitt
1989

I am totally one of those librarians who loves talking about financial literacy. Teens, particularly, really need help managing the realities of debt, spending, credit, etc. In 1989, I probably would have bought this for a library collection.

Lots of good discussion about fraud and spending. Now a days I bet we would have a hard time understanding some of the vocabulary such as money orders, paper checkbooks, taking advantage of the float between deposits and checks (I was quite the expert in the 1980s), etc.