Several weeks back I wrote about the experiment Scuba Man and I were going to do regarding separating our finances somewhat. Needless to say, with unemployment looming, it failed before it really was able to get off the ground.
It did accomplish one thing. Scuba let me know, through trial and error on my part, what the easiest way is for him to keep track of our finances. He had a vested interest in keeping track of them when we started the experiment.
He’s never been one to fuss with our finances. Every few months the question would come up on where we stood financially and we would discuss things. Other than that, if he wanted to spend on something not trivial, he would ask if we could afford it. He trusts me implicitly with our money and thinks our excellent finances are because of my money management.
As we now have to tighten our belts and money is becoming more of an issue than it has ever been for us, I think he will still keep track of things. We are now using a spreadsheet format, as opposed to Quicken or Mint, which seems much easier for me to keep updated and for him to see virtually everything about our complete financial picture. It may sound a little old fashion, but it works for us better than anything we tried in the last 20 years.
I don’t mind handling all of our finances. It is something I’m good at. Now, knowing he has all the financial information at his fingertips that he will actually look at, it seems to ease a burden on me that I never realized was there.