(Closed) Separate Finances – How to ask DH to contribute more?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3267 posts
Sugar bee

Do you want him to contribute more because you feel like you aren’t able to do all the things he wants now?  Or that you don’t really have enough money for yourself each month? 

Or do you just want him to contribute more because he makes more? 

I think if you just think it should be a more equal distribution of discretionary income you should just present it as such.  That you can’t do X because you can’t afford it.

Post # 4
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

Perhaps suggest contributing in terms of percentages. For instance, you both contribute 50% of your paycheck. This way, it’s an equal burden but not necessarily equal funds. It also allows for raises and paycuts to be handled without completely reevaluating the way you both contribute.

Post # 5
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That is a tough situation but this is going to happen again and again as you get older etc so it’s a good conversation to have, and probably something you will have to re address as each of you take pay increases, pay cuts, etc throughout your lifes. I vote for doing a percentage type thing where you each contribute a certain percentage of your income based on how much you make and what the monthly expenses are. The fact of the matter is that it is his household and responsibility to pay bills as much as it is yours so if he is making more money and not contirubing more I would say that’s something to discuss and has nothing to do with being a gold digger. The other thing to do is to have him start putting a certain amount of money aside for savings for the two of you, or something of that nature. There are a lot of ways to even the playing field a little bit.

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

This is exactly why I was not willing to have separate finances from my Darling Husband. But in my case I made significantly more than DH at the time, so it was a little easier for me to discuss with my then Fiance since I def didn’t look like I was trying to take advantage or anything.

Why don’t you ask your Darling Husband if you can reverse the process and pay for all joint expenses with a joint CC (preferably one with miles like an amex) then pay it off every month from a joint checking that you both contribute to every month proportionatly. So I know you’re still setting up joint accounts in this scenario, but you are doing it while keeping separate finances if that makes sense. So let’s say you make $50K and your Darling Husband makes $100K. Every month you put in $500 to the checking account and your Darling Husband contributes $1,000. Then when you get the amex bill you pay it off with that checking account, so ultimately every expense is split proportionatly to how much you both make instead of down the middle.

Post # 8
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with the proportionality agreement.

FH and I make dramatically different incomes and always will. We each contribute a % of our income to a joint account that is used exclusively for bills & household expenses, while also each maintaining our own accounts & CC’s.   

This keeps things fair and lets us save and spend together, as well as separately. It works now and will also work in the future as circumstances change.

Post # 9
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I can’t pretend to understand the concept of married people with seperate finances, so why not just combine everything and keep a portion OUT for yourselves to spend when you want? It honestly makes no sense to me that everything that each of you earns does not become YOUR(joint) money. I spend what I need to spend and have never felt bad about it, and now I contribute nothing to the finances.

Don’t you own everything jointly anyway? That’s exactly why you should be paying for everything the same way, IMO.

Post # 10
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have no advice whatsoever because I don’t understand the separate finances shin-dig.  Especially since he’s making more than you are as of right now.  FI and I will join finances, but also put aside our own “play” money.  What’s mine is his, and his is mine.  

I hope you two can come to a compromise though.  Good luck and sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

Post # 11
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010


this is how my Darling Husband and I first started joining our finances. We also had a combined savings account for long term joint projects.

Now, we still have the savings account, but we just put all our money in the joint checking account.  From that, we each take a certain amount of money that we put into personal accounts each month and that we are free to use as we wish. That way, say I want to go on a shopping spree, I don’t have to consult with Darling Husband as this is my money. Independance is still there, but since all is put in the joint account in the first place, we don’t have to calculate our salary rates every time there is a change…

This is what works best for us; there are ways to combine your finances while still keeping your independance and being able to spend money as you wish.

Oh, and I agree on the housework thing, I don’t think it sounds horrible. One day I will be a Stay-At-Home Mom and I expect to be completely in charge of everything house related. It wouldn’t be fair to send my husband to work and have him bring 100% of the money, and then ask him to still split the chores 50-50.

Post # 13
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think it’s fine to keep separate accounts. My Fiance and I are using a % breakdown roughly like this:


Gross Salary

– 401K contributions

– Medical/Insurance contributions

– Whatever else comes out of our paychecks and goes to the gov’t.

= Net Salary take home pay

– separate expenses (e.g., car, student loans–mandatory ones)

= Net Salary for Joint Expenses

Then we compare the NET number as % of total. Then we split the joint expenses that way. Anything left over is just for ourselves. We plan to evaluate every time there is a meaningful swing in our incomes.

Not sure if/how it will change after marriage, but I think this is equitable. I think keeping the communication open between you and Darling Husband is good. I mean, I don’t think you’re with him for his money–no need to worry about “gold digger” status or anything like that. Maybe you can just present an idea to him and see if he has anything to add.

Post # 14
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think asking him to contribute more is fair, especially since you want to put money away for retirement (which will end up benefitting both of you) and LASIK.  I think the best way is to be direct about it, and ask him what he thinks of splitting things in proportion to salary.

Post # 15
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@blurmeblue: I like this idea too, I think that the person who makes more should contribute more to the family finances.  You shouldn’t have $200 to scrimp on to buy yourself something nice while not contributing to your 401k while he contributes to his retirement fully and has lots of extra money.  Your retirement needs to be funded, women live longer than men so you need to start as early as possible.

PS – Lasik is SOOOOO worth it!

Post # 16
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m also in the camp that I just do not understand separate finances for married couples. But hey, do what works for you.

I think the real issue here is that I would never be worried or concerned about discussing something like this with my husband.  He’s your HUSBAND you should be able to say anything you want to him without concern that he will take it the wrong way or react badly.  Just bring it up to him that you are no longer comfortable with the arrangement and you think you guys need to look at it again.  Bring up all the points you’ve brought up with us and just work it out together. Marriage is all about finding good compromises that work for both of you.

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