I’ve been asked the question: “do I need to ask Mike for permission to make purchases?” In this video I discuss whether it’s important to talk to your spouse about every single purchase they make. Ultimately, we might have uncovered a much bigger idea to discuss another day.
Mike is still feeling under the weather today, so it?s my first solo video!
I wanted to talk about, well, that I don?t really know what I?m talking about.
Mike has always been financially minded? me, not so much. I?ve always trusted Mike completely, and that led me to not always ask about what was going on with our money.
When we started making our YouTube channel about finance, I was a little nervous since I didn?t know what I would be talking about. So I started researching and reading and asking Mike the questions I might have been too embarrassed to ask before.
This brought up the question of whether it’s OK for one spouse to be in control of the finances?
For us, Mike enjoys all the personal finance stuff, so why not let him take care of it?
I think it?s OK for one spouse to be in control, but it?s important for the other person to still know what?s going on. (We talked about this in our Joint vs. Separate Bank Accounts video)
I came up with a few questions to ask to get started:
How much money do we save a month?
Are we in debt?
Do we have an emergency fund?
Where are our bank accounts?
In the video I answer those questions, and throw in a few more in depth questions. Asking these helped me to know exactly how much we save and why.
After last week’s show, a lot of people had questions about going into business with friends. It just so happens we’re in New York City this week with 11 friends, so we decided to bring them on the air and talk about it!
We might not be the best examples, because we’ve never formally written any agreements down. But, if you want to know what the day to day is like settling arguments, changing direction, and dividing tasks, this is the show.
Our 2nd LIVE show! Every Tuesday at 8:30PM EST. Tonight we’re going to talk about life with Mike from Lauren’s perspective. How does she keep supporting my continual failed business attempts? Did she inherit my frugality?
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Our first live show! We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of combining finances after getting married. Our guests Derek and Carrie give us some insight on how to start a conversation about money with your spouse. Our friend Liz Taylor is in the studio with us to discuss how separate finances actually looks on a day to day basis.