The bills are handled from a joint account. It's actually his only account, as well.
I, on the other hand, have a couple, but he knows of them, and one in particular is used for his school fees, etc., so it's kept separate from others - and we know exactly what's there (and what needs to be there)
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Separate. We got married a little later in life and it's just easier. He handles the rent, the phones (got a great deal) and I cover the utilities and such, so it balances. We share in the groceries.
I would have 1 joint for house bills the things you would split.
Then have 1 for you and only you can get into the account.
Having your own isn't a secret it is just something you can control.
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My husband and I have separate accounts he has his own business and its just easier. But we share the same home office and everything is laying out so either one of us can look at the others account at anytime, no passwords, no secrets.
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i have my own
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everything is joint
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joint for the last 27 years, it has always worked for us.
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My husband and I keep joint savings for the down payment account and our emergency fund, and a joint chequing account for rent, insurance and other major expenses.
Otherwise, we each have our own chequing accounts and 'pay' the other accounts each pay day. We pay for our own phones, I pay most of the household bills like cable, he pays for any car-related expenses since I almost never use the vehicle. We alternate groceries and other expenses based on who was most recently paid. We both have different budgets set up because we both prefer to handle money in different ways. As long as we're each covering our share of the expenses, it's all good.
We had both had a good decade or so of living on our own before we got married, so by that time you usually have some fairly set ways of dealing with responsibilities. We've adjusted some of our habits to make it easier to manage a combined household, but for the most part we've carried on with how we handled things before we were together.
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My husband and I have done it both ways, joint and seperate. It just works better when we have a joint account. I keep up with the checkbook and pay all the bills, but he works for the money just like I do. He always knows to the penny how much we have in the bank, whether in checking or savings. All our belongings are jointly owned. And if we split up, it won't be a problem, because I tell him if he leaves me, he has to take me with him!
Everything is joint with full access by both. One of us is the primary income producer and the other one takes care of managing all the money (meaning paying the bills, tracking investment values, etc.). We are both of a like mind when it comes to spending: frugal. We always talk about major purchases - and even minor ones for that matter. I might ask, "why were groceries so expensive this week?" only to be told, "chicken was on sale so I bought four and froze them and we needed XYZ this week, too." Full and complete trust on both sides.
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I live with my SO, but I refuse to do anything jointly financially (buy a car, buy another house, buy a 5th wheel, anything like that) with him until we're married. After marriage I'd imagine we'd have a joint account for joint expenses like bills and purchases for the house, but still have our own accounts for "fun money". He makes about 3x's what I do too, so I don't think it would be fair for me to have access and spend his money on things that aren't for him.
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10,776 2/5/13 3:04 P
I did before my divorce and never will have another as I was ripped off!
One income with one account. I am a homemaker, but even if I do work for a paycheck it will be one account. I know seperate acounts have become the new way, but it is odd to me. I wouldn't go for it, it's almost sounds insulting.
this was a poll question on the news this morning, My husband and I have our own, i dont know his passwords for his and he doesnt know mine. We both like it that way, the bills are paid and it gives us something of our own. Just wondered how everyone else felt.
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