(Closed) Household Bills – How do you split them?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: How do you split the household bills?
    Each contribute exactly 50% : (12 votes)
    20 %
    Each contribute proportional to their income : (8 votes)
    14 %
    One pays for the majority, other pays for little expenses here and there : (14 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Joint bank account - Each contribute everything and pay for everything out of one account : (19 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We have joint accounts so “we” pay for everything. There’s no demarcation between what I pay for and what he pays for. We consider all the money in the bank “our” money”. 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My SO and I used to split our bills 50/50 for things like rent, electricy, etc, but I would pay my credit card, my car insurance, and my car payments, and he would pay for his car insurance, his phone bill, etc.  He lost his job recently though, so at the moment I’m paying the majority of the bills until he gets back on his feet. 

    Post # 5
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    we have one bank account…that should be an option on your poll!

    Post # 6
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    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted “each pay 50%”, but for us, that’s also proportionate to our income, we make almost the same amount (a could thousand different a year, but not significantly different salaries).

    Post # 7
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    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We both pay for a few things but really just because thats whats easier.  For the most part we have a joint account.  When we talked about going on vacation this year, it was the question of do “we” have enough money for “both” of us to go.  It wasn’t a matter of him paying his way and me paying my way. 

    Post # 8
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    21 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    we have completely combined our money and expenses…we recently bought a house together (im moving in on our wedding night) so combining was the best way for us to manage our bills. so far its great. it may not be for everyone but we have good communication when it comes to money…and when we finally move in together, itll be one less thing to “get used to”

    Post # 9
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    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    It’s all “ours,” I have never even thought about what portion is mine or his.

    Post # 11
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We each contribute 50% of our paychecks to the joint account. For the last year, I’ve been making twice what Darling Husband makes, so it’s not equal, but it’s 50%. We’ll be reevaluating our finances a little this year, though, because he’ll be making about what I make. Not sure what we’ll be doing.

    As the person who’s been the breadwinner this year, though, I don’t really consider the fact that I make more money to be a big deal when I put that money into household things such as, ahem, new baseboards, paint, etc. It just means more “fun” money for me on the side (aka makeup, clothes, etc)

    Post # 12
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We have a joint bank account then our own. We each in a way get an allowance that goes into our personal accounts every pay period. Then the rest of our paychecks go into a checking account. I handle all of our finances. I pay our bills and leave money for dinners and dates in our joint checking account and then move any left overs to 2 joint checking accounts. One is for vacationing and other is for important purchases- this year a wedding, next year a house 🙂

    Post # 14
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    1807 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My FH makes basically double what I make (I make NOTHING)…So if our monthly bills (mortgage,cable,electric,water) are $1400 he pays 900 and I pay 500.

    He pays his own insurance, etc, and I pay my own car, insurance, etc.

    He probably pays for 70% of our meals/entertainment, I pay for the other 30%.

    I was just upset about this last night…He got a HUGE christmas bonus and is off buying all this cool stuff and it would take me months to save up enough to do something like that. I’m just jealous that I don’t have that kind of money I guess.

     

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    we arent married yet so we go 50/50 on everything. 2 more motnhs though and we will get our joint checking account and it is no longer who pay what but we pay it together.

    Post # 16
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    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    This is a good question. My husband and I — newly married — have not yet combined our finances, and I’m not sure what we plan to do in the future. Currently, he makes about eight times more than I do so he pays all the bills. Of course, “all the bills” is on the light side since the house we live in was a gift to me from my parents, so it’s just utilities, cable, phone, etc. I don’t know if it’s fair to continue to let him pay for everything, since he also pays for all our vacations, groceries, our dates, and even some of my personal stuff (I have one of his credit cards in my name) and even my dates w/ my girlfriends. He hasn’t complained but I don’t know… I feel like I’m not contributing? He even pays for my dog’s vet bills, even though the dog was a gift from an old boyfriend. All my money goes into savings.

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