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Old 11-26-2010, 04:13 AM   #1
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How are you handling finances in your household, specifically giving money to your spouse that does not work?

Do you give them full reigns of your money and let them pay bills, or do you give them enough to pay a cell phone bill, some shopping, gas, etc.. ?

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Old 11-26-2010, 05:29 AM   #2
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Me and the wife both work. She let's me have a couple dollars every week for gas and lunch.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:40 AM   #3
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H, or do you give them enough to pay a cell phone bill, some shopping, gas, etc.. ?
seriously? Yeah I keep my wife chained up in the basement too..
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:44 AM   #4
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I was going to say, maybe a little more eloquently, that our money is our money. We are a team. I am not treating my wife like our kid and giving her an allowance!

We both work, but when she didn't it was the same.
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Me and the wife both work. She let's me have a couple dollars every week for gas and lunch.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:49 AM   #6
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I'm the breadwinner, but my wife is more stingy with money than me, better all around with saving money.

So if anything, I'm the one that needs an allowance.

You know that scene in Dumb and Dumber where Lloyd comes back from the store with a big foam hat, a paddle ball, and a bunch of other things? That's me when my wife sends me to the store.
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I'm the breadwinner, but my wife is more stingy with money than me, better all around with saving money.

So if anything, I'm the one that needs an allowance.

You know that scene in Dumb and Dumber where Lloyd comes back from the store with a big foam hat, a paddle ball, and a bunch of other things? That's me when my wife sends me to the store.
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I was going to say, maybe a little more eloquently, that our money is our money. We are a team. I am not treating my wife like our kid and giving her an allowance!

We both work, but when she didn't it was the same.
This....my wife makes a lot more than me and it's are money. Now if I go and drop $200 on something I want, we may disagree but I'd do the same if she bought something large.
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I see this thread with Mardela Beach,NC potential
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seriously? Yeah I keep my wife chained up in the basement too..

Good one. I was going to make a similar comment.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:05 AM   #12
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How are you handling finances in your household, specifically giving money to your spouse that does not work?

Do you give them full reigns of your money and let them pay bills, or do you give them enough to pay a cell phone bill, some shopping, gas, etc.. ?

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Two questions:

How long have you been married?
How long do you intend to stay married?
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:47 AM   #13
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I am the primary bread winner but my wife also pulls in good income and is a CPA. She has handled all our finances since we were first married... I'm the one with the allowance and it's nice not having to deal with any of the bills...
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:53 AM   #14
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I was just about to start a thread asking if it's normal to let my barefoot and pregnant wife out of the kitchen. Wanted to bounce the idea off you guys.
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I was just about to start a thread asking if it's normal to let my barefoot and pregnant wife out of the kitchen. Wanted to bounce the idea off you guys.
Only on sunday afternoons (for a little R+R in the back yard), and while she's out there, she should pick up the dog poo.
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:58 AM   #16
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This sounds like one of those "I need your help, the woman I love wants me to leave Texas and my family and move with her to North Carolina ... she's kind of a pain, and my family doesn't care for her" threads.

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This sounds like one of those "I need your help, the woman I love wants me to leave Texas and my family and move with her to North Carolina ... she's kind of a pain, and my family doesn't care for her" threads.

I ain't fallin for no banana in the tailpipe. Again.

No, considering the OP, this one is for real (however antiquated the notion/question may be).
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No, you cannot have an allowance. Not yours.
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Just find something that works for both of you, and don't worry about what everybody else does.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:20 AM   #20
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I don't have a wife but my girl gets about a $25 "allowance" every time she f's me and then she goes back to her corner until I need her again.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:22 AM   #21
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How are you handling finances in your household, specifically giving money to your spouse that does not work?

Do you give them full reigns of your money and let them pay bills, or do you give them enough to pay a cell phone bill, some shopping, gas, etc.. ?

Advice, Experiences...?
Well, being unmarried (and gratefully so, no offense) I can't say much on this, but what I would think is that in any relationships you play to the strengths of the individuals. Who is a better money manager and let them do the books. I do understand some spouses have a joint account that really is for the bill paying and then set aside set amount in separate accounts that does not have the other person on them at all. It's not much, just enough to be able to get a few splurge items without a fight. My sister also has a credit card entirely in her own name without her husband on it so that in case something happens to him (he's military) she has access to some funds in case their accounts get frozen until all the estate is settled (which happen sometimes even with power of attorney, etc, sometimes there's a few days or weeks lag time to get access)

But I guess it all depends on your relationship with your spouse. I do have to say your description sounds a bit well odd. I certainly hope you didn't intend to make it sound like your wife is a child who needs to be kept away from your stuff. As for the spouse who doesn't work bit, umm, do you have kids or a house that requires upkeep of anykind? Because if you aren't doing it, she probably is and that my friend is definitely work. When I get rich winning the lottery I want a maid and a cook. Anyway, good luck with all that. Hope you two work that out.
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Seriously? This is a ? I'm with contributing to a account for shared bills and then each having a separate account for themselves. I've had my own money for so long I'm not about to get an "allowance". Screw that crap. If that was the way it was going to be...I wouldn't get married.
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Seriously? This is a ? I'm with contributing to a account for shared bills and then each having a separate account for themselves. I've had my own money for so long I'm not about to get an "allowance". Screw that crap. If that was the way it was going to be...I wouldn't get married.
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Well, if we both have jobs I'm not going to tell him how to spend his money and I would hope he wouldn't tell me how to spend mine.

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