Suppose that your spouse or partner broke your budget with a big and unexpected purchase. How would you feel?
Betrayed? Miffed? Disappointed? Shocked? Sad? Ok? Whatever?
Yesterday, I mentioned that when Micah was getting an oil change, they tried to upsell him some tires. I was at work at the time, incommunicado. If he had gone ahead with it, I would have understood but I also would have been a bit disappointed that he hadn’t waited to hear back from me first.
After all, tires are pricey.
We do have an understanding that if one of us needed towing, had a tire blow, whatnot, it would be ok to do what was necessary. And we also have an understanding that most non-budget purchases need to be discussed. This works fine.
It’s just the fine lines which we hadn’t discussed. So now there’s one more thing to be discussed. In the situation, Micah decided that it wasn’t critically urgent and did comparison shopping. Now we have more experience with evaluating situations based on urgency. Right away urgent falls under urgent but not “soon urgent.” You can always go back.
How have you and your spouse or partner decide this? Or are you single and feeling very grateful that you have more control over your money?
Around the blogosphere, Him and Her of Make Love, Not Debt just wrote about ten financial considerations for newlyweds.
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