(Closed) Those of you who share finances

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We have a checking account and 2 savings accounts together. One savings account is a high interest “piggy bank” style account at another back, that’s money we aren’t touching. The other is just a normal plain jane savings account with the same bank as our checking account. Both our paychecks are deposited into the checking account, then most of mine is transferred to the piggy bank account.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We just have one joint account that we keep savings in and money for bills. This is because of the interest rate and the more money you have, the more interest you earn.

I have my own account where I do the same thing, keep money for personal savings and money for spending because it’s got a good interest rate.

My husband has a personal account too, but not sure if it’s just one or one for savings and one for spending. 

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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SithLady:  I completely agree.  My mom had no problems paying bills out of any account when my dad passed away because they were both on the accounts.  I know a lady though that had problems getting access to money when her husband died because she wasn’t on the accounts.  People need to consider both cases and find out what would happen if they were in that type of situation.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Red Barn Farm

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Pickle7:  We have one bank and the same account together. We also have a credit card with that bank as well. For us, it’s easier to keep track of our finances. I used to work at a bank so I’m the ‘bank-person’ of the couple. So I guess I should’ve said it’s easier for ME to keep track of everything.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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Pickle7:  we have a house checking account that we both put same amount into from each check. It doesn’t matter who makes more, we split house bills, rent equally. we each have our own personal checking that we had prior to our relationship that we use for our own personal bills/ luxuries etc… 

To be honest, even though it does not matter whatsoever which account we pull from because I feel like I’m always transferring, rearranging etc…- I like knowing what is actually my income and what I’ve saved/spent. 

Especially after moving in and then marriage… All the money lines are blurry. If I have something due personally and didn’t budget then he pays it. If he wants something personal and hasn’t gotten paid, the “house” or I get it. It truly doesn’t matter and nobody keeps score. 

Even if you do combine everything, just discuss certain expectations you may have. Right now, we are trying to pay off bills so anytging not necessary or splurged is at least mentioned/discussed with one another. 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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Pickle7:  For bank accounts, we have one joint checking & one joint savings.  All money gets pooled together.  We handle all finances jointly and don’t do any sort of allowances or anything b/c we don’t have tension over money.  

I’ll say though, between the two of us it feels like we have a MILLION differetn accounts!  Between 401ks, IRAs, HSAs, bank accounts, RRSPs…yeesh!  Good problem to have I guess. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

We have one joint checking account and one joint savings account. We each have our own CCs which we pay from the joint account. I also have a checking account at BoA because I get a 10% bonus on my cash back if its deposited into a BoA account (our joint accts are not). 

For us this works because we do all our spending on the credit cards, so he can’t scrutinize my daily spending nor I his. If we have major purchases (>$250ish) we touch base beforehand as a courtesy. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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Pickle7:  this is probably going to sound nuts but it works for us.

we have our everyday account that our pays go into. This normally sits on around $200

we have our credit card

we have an offset account (offset against our home loan that saves us money off interest) this is where ALL of our money sits except for about $200 in the everyday account

we have our home loan split into 4 accounts each with different interest rates.

also, our credit card is on a zero percent rate for 12 months and we have it maxed out. we do however have all of the money to pay it off sitting in our offset account.

we used to have another account for bills but since we have the offset we put money aside in there to cover our bills. We also have a set amount we get out every week to cover our pets and our weekly allowance. We  also have an allowance for groceries and any left over also gets set aside.

 

so obviously that’s more detail than just how many accounts but I am very much into working out the best way for us to save/pay off our home loan and it works really well for us. good luck!

 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

We have one account and put all our money in there. I wouldn’t want the hassle of keeping track of multiple accounts. I get that it works for some people though. I do like that combining our money makes us talk to each other about big purchases, not getting permission, just making sure bills are paid, we have necessities covered, no auto payments coming out, etc. We then talk about do we really need the thing one of us wants to buy, are there cheaper ways of getting it, alternatives one person hasn’t thought about, etc. Combining everything works for us but I know it doesn’t for everyone. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Let’s see… 

3 banks.

Bank 1: DH has 1 checking account

Bank 2: DH has 1 savings account

Bank 3: I have 1 checking and 1 savings account; DH has 1 checking account; we have 1 joint savings account.

Edit to add: Both DH and I have access to all accounts at bank 3, so technically, they are all joint accounts

 

Bank 3 serves as my primary bank and we have our mortgage through this bank. Ideally, DH will eventually eliminate bank 1 (his original bank) and consolidate to bank 3.

Bank 2 is an online savings account with a higher interest rate. I just need him to add me to it.

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Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Wait, wait, wait. Don’t close the oldest account you have. Keeping it open makes your credit history longer, which is good for your credit score. I keep mine open with $200 in it just for that purpose.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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ABusyBride:  Have you seen your checking account listed on your credit report? While this rule is certainly true with credit cards, most checking accounts (except, those with a certain type of overdraft protection that is essentially categorized as an unused loan) do not appear on your credit report or effect your credit unless, perhaps, you overdraft and don’t pay or bounce a check.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We have a joint checking big and savings where bills are paid from and we pay into our savings  every month. I have a ckecking and savings at another bank there I have some money that i use occasionally (Apple ipay doesn’t work with our joint account bank so my other account is linked) and my daughter has a checking that is also linked to that account so when I need to help her I just transfer. I love having him in charge of our bills- he is a meticulous quicken user whereas I always rounded up when balancing my accounts. This seems to work for us!

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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Pickle7:  We have 3 accounts that we actually USE – one checking, one savings, and one credit card.  

We also each have older cards in only our names and a second joint card.  None of those are in use though.  We keep the older cards open just for credit history purposes (and because there’s no annual fee or anything) and the joint card was offered free with a credit union account we opened before we moved to a different state, it’s our emergency back-up card when we travel (for if we couldn’t access our savings account or something from a foreign country) Oddly enough, we’ve never used it but they send us a letter about once a year raising our credit limit on that card because we’re “such good customers” 

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