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December 18, 2006

Book Review: How To Merge Your Money For Marriage

I’ve been putting this one off for several months now… But another blogger who I’ve read and corresponded with for a while has written a book. I read it a while back, because I was buying a copy for my sister-in-law and her fiancee.

The book is called How To Merge Your Money for Marriage, and it’s written by Jack Stevison, known to the readers of this blog as Uncle Jack (no relation). The book is written for any couple looking to get themselves started off on the right financial track in their marriage.

Are You Planning for your Wedding, or for Your Marriage?

The divorce rate in the U.S. continually hovers at 50%, and couples blame financial stress as one of the top reasons for marital breakdowns.

Learn how to keep money from becoming a stress inducer, and learn how to save even if you’re the “spender” in your marriage.

An enjoyable read that provides practical planning advice for couples on how to conquer the financial issues together.

This book could be the least expensive item you buy in advance of your wedding, yet have the biggest long-term positive impact on your marriage!

I have to say, this was a difficult book to review. Most of what I read is something I choose to read for several reasons, not the least of which that it’s something that I expect to learn something from. When it comes to financial planning, though, I’ve already read quite a bit, and I know exactly what I should and should not be doing (having the willpower to do it is another story). So while there were a few interesting things, I didn’t necessarily learn a lot from the book.

However, what I didn’t quite grasp at first was that I’m not the target audience for this book. It’s a short, simple book. And it’s targeted at the sort of people who might not read a 250-page financial-planning tome. It gets straight to the point with little fuss.

So I’d have to say that most of my readers probably already know and understand much of what’s in the book. However, that’s not a reason for me not to recommend it. It’s recommended as a definite great gift idea. We all know people getting married who have very little understanding of money or the world. We all know that most of those people, if they’re going to read anything at all, will read a short, quick book. This is a perfect book for those people.

And it’s important. Financial concerns are a big cause of marital strife. Even worse, financial dishonesty and hiding things from your spouse are common and highly-destructive traits. This book lays out, in clear and uncertain terms, that financial planning is something that needs to be tackled from day 1. And if you’re beyond day 1 in your marriage, it needs to be tackled immediately. Further, it gives a simple blueprint both on how to have the discussion, and on what the goals need to be.

There are a lot of people who can benefit from a book like this. Even if my readers may not be those people, the book is a good (and easily-digestible) primer for quite a few young couples, and probably one of the few books on the subject that they’ll actually read. If you know someone like that, pick up a copy.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || Trackback URL || Categories: Books

1 Comment

  1. Brad,

    Thank you for the kind words. I was very concerned when I had not heard from you about it that you might have been taking the position, “if I have nothing positive to say, I’ll say nothing.”

    Your review was well worth the wait, and thank you very much for the plug.


    Comment by Uncle Jack — December 18, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

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