That’s it. We did it. It’s official….
Jimmy and I share a checking account.
I mean, we can just move money in and out of an account we share with the click of a mouse. Just like that. I’ve never shared finances with someone this closely except for my parents, and that wasn’t exactly sharing.
The crazy thing is it’s so easy–we didn’t even have to step foot inside the bank. The bank sent us some forms, we filled them out, and voila, we share (some) money.
Now, we’re talking transfer dates, deposits, savings… I can’t help but wonder will this only cause problems?
Almost every long term relationship, and by long term I mean decades, that I’ve watched has a ruler of finances. In my house growing up, it was my mom. I’ve asked a lot of other friends and they agreed that one parent dominated the doling out of the Benjamins. I don’t want this to happen to us. I’m not sure how you truly keep your finances shared since I’ve honestly never seen this modeled in a relationship.
Money in our society equals power, so of course, people want to control their money, and they should. However, how do you both control your money when you can both toss it around accounts like a volleyball?
This is all preemptive worry, which I’m prone to do. I would like to hear of one relationship story where two people shared the managing of money somewhat equally. I’d even take 60/40.
On the bright side, we’re finally DINKS (Double Income No Kids), so I should be delighted to have this “problem.” We can plan weekend trips to Vegas, so what am I complaining about?