You know the gift shop signs? Something about paying more for shoes than your husband knows about. Or about leaving the delivery somewhere your husband won’t find it. Cuteeeee, right? Umm no. Not for me.
Tee hee, boys are so silly, girls love to shop bullshit. I have a sense of humour, I get it. Heck, my father may never know what my mother’s giant stash of scrapbooking stuff is REALLY worth.
But really, it’s not funny.
Having always worked and never having any real major breaks in my income (#blessed), I’ve never asked a partner how I could spend my money. Especially on something as trivial as shoes or clothes. It’s my money, and as long as the bills are paid, I will dispose of my disposable income as I see fit.
I’ve always just wrinkled my nose up at these types of things. Like I mentioned above, my parents never really had ‘rules’ about “his and hers” money, spend limits or clothing budgets, they just figured it out. I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
Kel and I have always run an easy breezy household when it comes to spending money. Major purchases only have to be discussed. And by major I mean, unnecessary. If our washing machine broke, I’d be happy for him to replace it. I just wouldn’t be cool if he decided he wanted a new tv when our current one is perfectly fine.
You get it, right?
We all make our rules, and we can all spend our money within our relationships as we see fit. It’s those darn signs, they make me think of women who have been designated ‘child carer’, or are unwell, or situationally unemployed and give up their disposable income, who are then required to ‘ask’ for money from joint accounts. Ick.
And if you do, that doesn’t make it wrong. At all. There are a number of reasons that you may need to discuss purchases or budget set figures. But if you’re hiding purchases or aren’t “allowed” them at all, well, take a closer look at that. What is this, an allowance or payment for services rendered or something? That’s always given me the willies.
A penny for your thoughts, ladies.
And no, I’m not just saying that to justify the three LARGE packages that just arrived today. I’m a big girl, I know I went overboard. Winter knits, they called to me. Haha. This is about self-sufficiency and equality in your relationships. And only a little bit about how much I hate those stupid gift shop signs.
Chief Blogger at Suger Coat It; An Australian lifestyle blog for women who work for themselves. Melissa is a social media consultant & lover of stripes. Most weekends you’ll find her at the beach or home on the veranda kicking back. Around here, they call her Suger. Feel free to do the same.