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.

Bankruptcy cover

DIY Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy: Do it Yourself
Kosel
1980

Submitter: When I pulled this sad book off the shelf and read the title – I thought “Bankruptcy : do it yourself? Honey, us Millennials have been doing that for years…” This book comes with a disclaimer that it will be old, out of date, and should no longer be consulted at some point. Bankruptcy laws change frequently enough that this book is well past its shelf life.

Holly: It has that “typed on a typewriter in 1980” font, too. And look! A form copyrighted 1979. That oughta hold up in court.

Sex of the Dollar cover

This Book isn’t About Sex

Sex of the Dollar
Street-Smart Financial Planning For Women
Blau
1988

This is one of those books that will use a sexy title to get folks to read something boring. Then the subtitle gives the real story. Clever. Now, money is sexy. Of course financial planning is important, and women might have different needs from men, especially if they are not primary breadwinners. 1988 is beyond old for any book dealing with finances.

Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes

Is this deductible?

Kiplinger’s Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes
McCormally
1990

We take a break from our National Library Week to remind everyone that it is April 15. For those outside of the USA, it is tax day. Don’t forget to file. As of this writing, this book was still on file in a public library business/finance collection. I am sure it is super helpful, especially for people e-filing!  If anyone says “historical value” to me I will clobber them with an 1991 10-key adding machine. Better yet, how about you work a ref desk in a public library on April 15 for people who just started to realize they need forms. Can you say Form 4868?

Kid's Guide to Managing Money

Money Management – For Kids!

A Kid’s Guide to Managing Money
A Children’s Book about Money Management
Wilt
1979

We have featured a couple of Joy’s books here on the website and I found this other one lurking in my own collection! Yikes! This title, like all her others, are over 100 pages. I can’t see any kid sitting down with this title and holding out for 100 pages plus of annoying pictures and text.

Teach Your Wife How to Be a Widow

Widow Maker

Teach your wife how to be a widow
U.S. News & World Report
Money Management Library
1973

I have been doing my income taxes this past week so I was in no mood for this title to cross my desk. Seriously? What is the holding library thinking? The purpose of this book is to help those big strong husbands out there to explain the complicated world of money, investing, and insurance. The tone of the book throughout assumes women barely touch money and men know a lot about managing money. This book is how you “teach” your obviously slow witted wife the ins and outs of money. I am sure my mother would have been appalled in 1973, as well as 2011.