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Old 07-14-2012, 07:54 PM   #71
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I can't even conceive of of such a financial relationship between a married couple. Sounds like a business agreement rather than a marriage. Just my old fashioned opinion.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #72
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Marriage itself is becoming old fashioned it seems also.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #73
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I can't even imagine retiring without my wife. Everything is OURS.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:24 AM   #74
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If you have ever been in a previous marriage and suffered a financial setback when it ended, you would understand our reluctance to merge financially. When my spouse and I started living together, we had a discussion about finances and have stuck to it all these years. Because we have common goals, this works for us. Again, we have never had an argument concerning money. Once I meet my obligations, my money is mine to spend any way that I want to spend it. We do keep a joint very detailed budget and log every expense.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:45 AM   #75
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Marriage itself is becoming old fashioned it seems also.
True, along with morals and honesty and self-reliance and the flag and country and God and &^#*@. Guess Mom and Dad and our teachers were bad.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #76
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If you have ever been in a previous marriage and suffered a financial setback when it ended, you would understand our reluctance to merge financially. When my spouse and I started living together, we had a discussion about finances and have stuck to it all these years. Because we have common goals, this works for us. Again, we have never had an argument concerning money. Once I meet my obligations, my money is mine to spend any way that I want to spend it. We do keep a joint very detailed budget and log every expense.

Have you ever run into where your wife has met her obligations but doesn't have enough money to go out to dinner with you? Or how do you decide who pays for a night at the movies?
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #77
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If you have ever been in a previous marriage and suffered a financial setback when it ended, you would understand our reluctance to merge financially. When my spouse and I started living together, we had a discussion about finances and have stuck to it all these years. Because we have common goals, this works for us. Again, we have never had an argument concerning money. Once I meet my obligations, my money is mine to spend any way that I want to spend it. We do keep a joint very detailed budget and log every expense.
This is our second marriage, and we each have children. I want to make sure that if I die first, some "new wife" doesn't horn in on my children's inheritance. Of course, we don't separate our finances... so I'll have to make sure that I don't die first.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #78
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I have previous marriage experience and there was a bad outcome (he cleaned out the account) but I don't keep our money / finances seperate. Seems distrustful of your new marriage and if thats the case, why re-marry? I mean just cause your ex cheated it doesn't mean you should have your new spouse followed by a private investigator when they've given you no reason to doubt their commitment to you, right? Same concept.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:09 PM   #79
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I take care of the household stuff, DW takes care of the business stuff. The auditors keep her honest, threat of great personal harm keeps me in line. And when we commit to a debt, we both sign.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:50 PM   #80
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For us it was not all that complicated. We just had a discussion about it. Spouse was a bigger wager earner than I was and we split the expenses accordingly. I have always paid for the groceries and he has always paid for dining out. He paid the mortgage when we had a condo and I paid the utilities. It works for us. We are now full timers and it still works. He pays for diesel fuel and I pay campground fees. We discuss major purchases and both contribute to them. Again absolutely no arguments about money. From what I have read in various articles, money is the number one reason people argue and we take that right out of the equation.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #81
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I do all investing, bill paying and all other financial matters except spending. DW takes care of that.

Why you ask? She said she would marry me as long as she never paid another bill and never washed another car. Apparently she hated doing both.

The only thimg she doest seem to understand is Spending must be equal to or less than the total of investment income and retirememt checks. We're still working on that without weapons, so far
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Being a retired CPA, I do up a monthly budget (extended out for a year)and pay all the bills. All income is automatically deposited and almost all the bills are either auto-deduct, on-line or by direct transfer. I've set up this system so that, when we are on the road, bill paying is greatly simplified. This means that we have to have a secure internet connection but that has not been a problem. We always select a park with connectability. We do use a Jetpack which is much more secure then any parks' wifi. I always look for "https" in the URL. The "s" indicates a secure (encripted) site. Notice that the URL (universal resource locator) for irv2 does not have the "s". It isn't needed. We have far less problems with DW following the budget than with me. She has been known to help me with impulse control!
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