Re: Getting Married - Some advice
My wife and I tried something like this when we first got married. I ended up paying for groceries and dry goods every week, plus a couple of bills. She paid most of the bills. The problems arose when we went out together for dinner, or rented movies, or bought shared items like a TV or a computer -- I ended up paying for all of these things. I was constantly having to draw money out of savings, and she was constantly putting money back into savings to balance out all the shared stuff I was buying.
We ended up getting rid of the separate checking accounts and having both of our paychecks deposited into one shared checking account. She keeps track of the balance, putting quite a bit into savings while leaving enough in checking for the automatic bill payment. We maintain a couple hundred extra dollars in checking, and we live by a $100 rule -- if you want to spend more than $100 in a day's time, you have to check with your spouse. It works great. We have enough freedom to buy the things we want, but we are responsible enough to keep ourselves in check and not get overdrawn.
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