Slate has a five-part series on how to manage money as a couple, which has made me think J and I need to talk about some stuff. Currently we are what the article refers to as Sometimes Sharers, meaning we make our own money, keep it in separate accounts, but use a shared credit card for shared expenses. It's also reminded me that I currently am a really bad budgeter for a lady in her late 20s. That is, I don't budget at all, and I've regulated my spending pace so that I never really look at my account. I think about this every few months and say I'm going to start paying attention to my Mint account, but this never happens.
Currently, J has everything in his name because he lived in our current house before I moved in. So, we pay for shared expenses on a shared credit card, and at the end of the month he splits everything in two and I write him a check. I don't have to answer for my craft store splurges, but I do have to answer for the accidental priority shipping of a 10-pound wedding gift this weekend.
When we move, all of that will change. As much as talking about money makes this grey, cold day seem drearier, I'll probably feel better if we break the ice on our finances. I really don't want our first fight about money to happen when I'm in a new town without a job. I told J I don't want to have an allowance, and he said, "You won't get an allowance-- BECAUSE I AM SO MEAN!" Oh, I love that man.