Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Favourites: Spousonomics

Happy Friday All. I know it seems like I watch a lot of television and I do, but I also manage to schedule in some reading time. This is a necessity to keep my brain sharp :)

The latest book I just finished is called Spousonomics. It’s a non-fiction book written by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson. This book talks about “using economics to master love, marriage, and dirty dishes”. Have you heard of Freakomics? Well it’s great and you should read it but aside from that this book is written in the same vain.

My preference is to read fiction. The Husband only reads non-fiction. I usually weave in 1 non-fiction book to every 4 fiction books I read. I saw this at my local library and thought it sounded interesting.

Besides I like to read things that are funny, smart and cleverly written. I also like to explore relationships, the how and why they work or don’t. I like to read these things because;

1) It gives me a benchmark on what is considered “normal” in the relationship world.
2) It keeps me informed.
3) Helps me to improve upon my own life and relationships.

The authors of Spousonomics talk about marriage being its very own economy with resources, trade-offs and booms / busts. It’s like a business between 2 people. Hey man, my mom was right. She always said “Marriage is a Job”.

According to the authors, using economics can be a powerful tool in making your marriage a success. They compare economic scenarios and translate them to everyday married life. They use real life couples as case studies. They give them the tools needed to resolve their conflicts in economic terms.

My take away is to think of your marriage as a business. You need to calmly solve your problems with endless resources available to you. Treat your marriage as a long-term investment. Work together as a couple and think ahead. Divide labour fairly and efficiently. Most importantly, know when to back down. In other words, you don’t always have to win an argument. (Well I do!)

The book is entertaining and funny. Pick up a copy if you so desire.

Simply Yours,


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