How Do We Split Expenses as a Married Couple?

It’s the first Monday of the month my friends! That means we’re taking another question from the Marriage, Kids and Money Community. 

Today’s question comes in from Kat …


Kat:

Hi Andy!

My name is Kat.  I recently got married, actually 12 days ago. It is both our first marriage and also our first time living and sharing the living expenses with a spouse.  We decided to not merge everything together, but to have our separate accounts that we had before we got married and also open up a joint checking. On top of getting married, we also got a condo together.

We went through the Financial Peace University through our church 3 years ago.  We both don’t have any credit card debt or any other loans besides the mortgage. My question is or rather, me seeking advice is, what’s a good percentage for us to contribute to our joint checking account? We don’t make the same amount, therefore, I felt like putting a percentage rather than an amount would be ideal. I’m just having trouble figuring out what other couples do who are in our same situation.

Thank you and I look forward to listening to your show.

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How Early Retirement Can Enhance Your Marriage – with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge

If you’ve been married and working full-time for a while, you know the importance of quality time spent with your spouse. This is a chance to catch up, to talk about fun memories and make new ones together.

Unfortunately, our busy careers can make these quality get-togethers really difficult most days. There are late nights at work, deadlines and out-of-town trips. But … 

  • What if you woke up on Monday morning and you didn’t have to go into the office?
  • What if there were no more business trips and no more work-related deadlines?
  • How would that enhance your relationship with your spouse?

To answer these questions, I’ve invited Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge on the show today. After 10 years of marriage and 6 years of diligent savings, this young couple decided to retire from their busy careers in late 2017 and give more time to their marriage.

At 38 and 41, Tanja and Mark have regained the best years of their lives. As early retirees, they are pursuing their passion for the outdoors, travel and spending more quality time together.

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