Post # 1
For bees that are keeping finances at least somewhat separate from their spouse, is there any restriction to what you can spend the money on?
This is a spinoff from here:
Separate finances: How would you feel about sneaky HUGE puchases?
Obviously there are other issues going on there. If a couple wants to keep some of their own individual spending money though, do you think it matters if one person makes many small purchases and the other saves up for a while to make a big purchase (without any input from their spouse)?
If so, why?
Post # 3
We’re planning on keeping our finances separate (although Fiance makes significantly more than me). We’ve cohabited for years and that’s what we always did and it worked for us. I handle some of the bills and he does the rest, although we are considering a small joint checking account so I can just handle all the bills and he can just transfer in funds as necessary. We’re pretty aware of what the other person is buying and we often will ask each other for opinions before buying, including clothes and other purchases. I tend to be the one that purchases little things for the home and groceries and he tends to do the big purchases (e.g. TV) and meals out. The only things I really think we “hide” from the other person would be gifts to the other person.
Post # 4
We have combined finances for saving and checking for bills, extra spending money together, necessities etc, but we also give ourselves an “allowance” for our own personal spending money on random things, and that can be spent on whatever we want. So, in order to make a big purchase for just one of us (say I wanted to buy a new pair of high-heel boots or something), that person would have to save their allowance money to buy it. Works for us!