When my husband and I got married, we didn’t really discuss who would handle our finances. We stood, rather awkwardly, in the lobby of our bank and almost wordlessly, switched over his name to all my existing accounts.
Although my husband is a math teacher, I happily run much of our financial life. The bills, the credit cards, the checking accounts, retirement, and rather meager starts to our kids’ education fund have all fallen squarely into the “things I do” category.
I think it’s pretty common for one partner to take the reins in the money department, but as I found out the hard way, it can also be a lonely and overwhelming business to run the financial show solo. About halfway through our marriage, I finally had to make it a point to sit down and address some really important money matters.
Turns out, talking freely about our finances was a boost to our relationship and our bank account.
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