How to Survive on One Paycheck–1950’s style

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7 thoughts on “How to Survive on One Paycheck–1950’s style

  1. I love this! We are about to do this ourselves and merge my bank accounts into his joint one, as I stay home all winter, and he works! Great post Holly 🙂

    • Thanks Alex. I look forward to watching as you progress. I know for me, getting back to basics has been one of the most rewarding, profound experiences of my life. It will effect you in ways you never imagined!

  2. Sometimes I wish it worked like that in my household! But I’ve learned to accept that not all men are financially minded. I’ve found that I am the one who is most interested in how our budget is going, saving for the future, tracking expenditures, and such. We make decisions together and if we disagree after discussion I go with his way – but “letting” him do the finances just results in a lack of financial planning altogether. Sometimes if it’s important to you, you have to be the one to put in the effort I guess. It’s alright though, I’ve learned that everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses and we are in a marriage to support each other, even if you are strong in an area you didn’t think you’d need to be.

    • You may be right. I hear that same story often, so you are not alone in that frustration. I think that often times when a man refuses to take over the financial responsibilities there is an underlying reason for it. Some might be afraid of making mistakes. Others don’t believe they will have it for long before the wife snatches it back anyway, so why bother? And then, like it sounds like in your situation, some are just happy with it the way it is.

      When I asked my husband to take over the finances 20 years ago he didn’t want to either. I had to explain to him how important it was to me and then I had to step away 100%. To this day I have no idea what’s going on with our day-to-day bills, and that’s okay with me. If I had continued to watch, participate, worry and plan, or to hover over him “guiding”, he would have just stopped doing it. I AM aware of planning for long-term and for retirement because I sit in on those meetings and participate in planning.

      Ultimately for us I think it came down to a stand off in the beginning. He sort of did nothing to see what I would do. I had to be willing to let all go to pot and then trust that he wouldn’t actually allow it to happen. And I’m assuming it didn’t because we aren’t penniless and homeless. 🙂

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