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Who Should Pay for What in a Marriage

6 May, 2013



Marriage is the start of a journey together not only as man and wife but a shared life in the form of joint expenses and joint financial decisions.

Money can be an extremely sensitive topic so how do you decide who should pay the bills and marriage expenses without starting World War 3 even before the wedding? Read on for some tips on how you can ease into married life finances!

Discuss Financial Expectations

We live in an equal world but sometimes when it concerns money, women still prefer for the man to be paying the bills. After all, the man’s historical role is to provide for his family. If you believe that to be so, be sure to discuss this expectation with your spouse as he may have been expecting you to contribute partially to the wedding or household expenses if you are also working.

Should You Have A Joint Bank Account?

A joint account is one where both parties can contribute and draw from. Having a joint account requires a high level of trust between husband and wife to ensure the money is not wrongly used by one party without the other’s knowledge. While marriages should always be built on trust, don’t fel obliged to have a joint account until you are both comfortable with the idea. Alternatively, maintain separate accounts but have a small joint account just for household expenses.

Don’t Control Finances

It is important to remember that you were both separate individuals with different spending habits before you got married. She may be used to buying designer handbags or going for weekend spas when she was single or he may have enjoyed going for golf games or spending on little gadgets. Whatever the indulgence, try not to immediately control your spouse’s spending habits if it is not similar to yours. Instead, talk about it and align your common financial goals but still maintain a percentage of your salary as separate “indulgence accounts” so each of you may spend without having the guilt factor!

So, do share.

Ladies, do you expect men to pay for everything or will you contribute if you are a working woman?

Men, will you expect your wife to contribute to some of the household expenses or will you be a man to shoulder all financial expenses? Men, will you mind if your wife wants to buy a branded handbag?

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