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7 Responses to The Financial Advice That Saved My Marriage

  1. Dionna  

    We’ve been super pleased with your YNAB recommendation. We don’t have allowances, but I’m showing your post to Tom!

  2. Life Breath Present  

    These are great tips! We don’t budget in this way, quite yet, but it is definitely something to keep in mind. As a family, we choose to share our indulgences, but that’s probably just part of our nature as individuals which now translates to family 🙂

  3. Donna @ Eco-Mothering

    Budgeting has always been a double-edged sword for me. At times I like knowing exactly where every penny is going and knowing exactly how much I have to spend. However after years of tracking our family’s spending, it became a chore where I felt focused on the “not enough” part – always feeling we never had enough money coming in. Allowances are a nice idea, though. We just started one with our daughter, maybe it’s time to look at one for ourselves.

  4. Lauren Wayne  

    Can I just say I’m aghast that someone in this day and age tells you your husband’s money from working is not yours?!?!?!?

    Ok, but moving on…this allowance thing is a great idea! I love the idea of knowing what I can spend guilt-free. I’m shopping-phobic and always feel bad about spending money, so it’s kind of the opposite of limiting sprees, but I think it would work the same way. I’d know it was ok to buy some things I crave, because the money would be budgeted for it.

  5. Kellie

    I love allowances! My husband and I have taken turns doing the budgeting/finances, because if we are both doing it, it doesn’t go well. We’ve done a system where whoever isn’t in charge of the general finances has an allowance, so that they can spend without worrying about it. It is really helpful.

  6. Survivor  

    Excellent idea! Money use seems to be one of the issues that come up over and over again between my husband and I. Having an allowance seems to be a great way to nearly eliminate the problem!

  7. Amy  

    Love YNAB and allowances and budgeting. Thanks for highlighting the importance of all three.