I’ve got both the official CFA texts and Schweser notes for all three levels of the exams. I really don’t use the books anymore, storing them in the closet takes up a lot of space. but tossing them seems like such a waste.
What are you doing with your old notes?
I’m thinking of stacking the books together and using it as a side table, and was wondering if anyone had ideas for good uses for these books too.
In Australia, you get your fish & chips wrapped in old newspaper. I’d open a fish & chip shop just so I could wrap what I serve in old CFAI material. I’d get a real kick thinking about people eating my food whilst learning how to price a cross-currency swap.
^ that’s also an idea. So far I’ve noticed what we’d cover in 1-2 weeks at university is very nicely summed up in one or two LOS in Schweser. Some classes (Stat 265 comes to mind) would have been so much easier if I had just used the quant methods book instead of desparately trying to understand anything the prof was rambling about. Donate them to the local business schools finance department or something, they can throw them in the free books bin. Not to mention it’d be a way for soon to be graduates to get an idea what the curriculum is like, before they drop $1000 on the exam.
Can you donate it and write off the replacement cost? Aren’t the books like $250? If you drop them off at Goodwill, can you claim market value of deduction? Come to think of it… how come I never thought of this earlier…?
Maybe there is a short-lived rewarding feeling by blowing them up, but I have kept L3 books and notes on my bookshelf. What used to be an eyesore with a feeling of disgust looking at them, has become a feeling of satisfaction now that I don’t have to study them anymore. Hell, I even open them once in a while. The feeling of “thank God I don’t have to do this again” is warm and fuzzy.
I kept L2 and L3 for reference and actually have turned to them a few times over the years. Certainly could have found the information elsewhere, but was easy enough to just grab from my office shelf. I’m pretty sure I cited the texts in at least one instance too, so it was useful to have them.