Post # 1
So the hubs and I decided to give ourselves each a monthly allowance to be spent as desired on things like eating out, clothes, entertainment ect.. And until now it had been going great, but now he is a groomsman in an upcoming wedding so obviously he had to rent a tux for around $100 which we both agree this shouldn’t come out of his allowance because it wasn’t exactly optional. However, we are wondering if I should also get a $100 pass for a new dress to wear to the wedding. I didn’t exactly HAVE TO buy something new to wear but none_the_less I wanted something new. Should this come out of my monthly allowance or should this purchase be exempt up to the cost of the tux rental? We aren’t sure what the best way to handle this.
Post # 3
I think that BOTH should have come out of your monthly allowances. Technically, he didn’t HAVE to be in the wedding and rent a tux. If the whole point of this allowance thing is so that you guys save as much as possible by limiting the amount you spend on things that aren’t “necessities,” then neither of these purchases are necessities. Thus, if the tux was exempt from the allowance, so should a new dress be.
But just ask yourself – what’s more important? Buying a new dress, even if it comes out of savings, or wearing something that you already have and keeping that saves in there for another purchase in the future? I’m assuming you’re saving up for something – a house? kids? etc. If you don’t “need” the dress and just want it, either find a dress on sale or just wear something you already have.
Post # 4
I don’t think you should get a new dress – unless you are a bridesmaid.
You said you don’t need one, and this isn’t something that he’s keeping or probably even wanted.
I think that allowances is a great idea, it keeps spending in check so that one or the other doesn’t blindside with a huge bill or whatever.