This post is a little different from the first four in the series in that it is about a partnership of two people. Those two were my parents and they had a partnership which lasted fifty five years.
My parents had a very united front when it came to finance. It was a partnership in which he earned and she spent! That sounds a bit like a bad situation comedy but the simple fact was that she had day-to-day responsibility for making sure bills got paid, food was bought and the family was kept warm and clean. They had a joint bank account into which his salary was paid but both could draw cheques on it.
Major financial decisions were taken jointly. When my shoes needed repairing for example, Mother would send me to the cobbler, but new shoes couldn't be bought until Father was also in on the decision.
I am not suggesting that their budgetting strategy would suit everyone, far from it. What I am saying though is that household finance should be discussed and discussed frequently. When I was conducting marriages regularly I always used to raise the subject and was often horrified about how little couples had discussed money beyond the cost of the wedding.
This partnership makes my parents financial heroes for me because right from my childhood I have known that good budgetting means getting everyone on board and communicating, however the details are sorted.