Just for fun, I made up this graphic illustration of how Josh and I see money differently. This idea popped into my head as I was sitting down and figuring out our family budget. I stared at the screen and picked up my phone.
“Um, Josh? So….I think I’m gonna have to cut you off from fun money for the rest of the month…”
Josh: “Why? How much did I spend?”
Me: “Well….let’s just say it was quite a bit more than I spent…”
Josh: “Yeah, but my fun money feeds us. And protects us.”
Then we started talking about the delicious trout and venison, and he had a point! But still – is it just us, or is your marriage the same way?
Josh is able to justify his fun money, and I just cannot justify mine. What, those yoga pants make me feel more relaxed, and a more relaxed mom makes for a happier home. So really, an increase in clothing budget means an increase in overall home happiness!
But fishing – memories with the kids, food! Menards – memories with the kids, tools for building my basement addition! *cough cough JOSH* So the more he spends on fun, the more memories the kids make with daddy, and the more food we eat and the closer my basement gets to completion.
Ok, that last one – the basement – is a joke. But a good try, Josh.
I just don’t feel like what I enjoy spending money on for myself – salon, clothes, Starbucks – benefits the family in any way like Josh thinks his does. Wait, Starbucks is what keeps me awake, so it is imperative to the health of my children. But the salon and clothes and eating out? Notsomuch.
So that is how it goes down here. Is it the same for you and your spouse? Does one of you have an easier time justifying purchases than the other?