If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact

How should married couples conduct their financial affairs?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭spakman

    Up to each couple how they want to manage credit cards, there isn't some dogmatic rulebook.

    Obviously if one partner isn't earning, then it doesn't make sense to use that approach. Again, it's not something that HAS to be followed verbatim, it's just a common approach that works for many people.

    Is that OK with you?

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    is it okay with you I find it odd couples have personal money in a marriage?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    I would agree with the secrecy bit and it could indicate a problem (maybe gambling?) although obviously we can't say for sure. At the very least she needs to get him to contribute half for things needed for the kids and house. She should also know what his retirement plans are, is he saving anything towards that?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭spakman

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    exactly this for us. works just fine.

    as far as OP issue goes id not be far off engaging the services of a professional who might advise her how to find out where her spouse's money goes and is. not sure if anyone has speculated where all his cash is going besides but if it isnt somewhere visible in terms of savings, investments or assets hes willing to speak about then......yeah imo youve more than a lack of shared financial outlook to be worried about

    one last chance to him to play some fair amount of ball here but youd have to be very clear- this is either a heading for the rocks issue for you or it isnt, if you arent willing to get legal after the next discussion with him then id probably just advise to leave it, theres not many halfway steps left to you here

  • Advertisement
  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Edit: ignore, answer to question I asked was in the opening post.

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,892 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    'pocket money ' for adults, really?

    Just have your own account with your own money and a joint account for bills. It's not complicated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭spakman

    call it personal spending money if you find the term pocket money childish.

    Its money you can spend on whatever you feel like, without impacting the usual household payments e.g. mortgage, groceries, utility bills etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    During the Celtic tiger I can still remember that disgusting advert by a Bank. It was about a young superficial couple with two dog's.

    One dog was named terms and the other condition's.

    One of the couple was asking who's taking terms and conditions out for a walk this evening ?

    Then I think the advertisement was about terms and conditions for loans etc and how you could be superficial like the couple in the advert. Attractive, intelligent and have two beautiful dog's you can be degraded to terms and conditions on your relationship.

    They were gearing people up for their manipulation of fast love,debt under the guise of two cute dogs and a lot of couples I know who read into the bu115hit are separated now.

    The banks drew the finishing line and the people who are responsible for advertising are very clever.

  • Registered Users Posts: 34,892 ✭✭✭✭o1s1n
    Master of the Universe

    I have that too, it's called my salary paid into my personal account.

    I really can't get over the amount of people on this thread getting their salaries paid into a joint account, it's actually quite shocking tbh. Seems incredibly old fashioned and controlling.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    Well you can call it whatever you like and the amount is obviously up to the couple to decide. In my own situation, my wife works as a nurse, not badly paid but not great. I make at least 8 times what she makes. Now, we could have separate accounts and just pay bills from that. The result would be that I have an enormous amount of personal money and she would have very little. Where would the fairness be there? For us it has always been put it all in the pot and take an equal amount out each.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I think separate accounts or a separate joint account is fine for those of relatively equal income where they can cover all the bills.

    It fails when one person has no significant income or where one has a significantly greater income where they could have a far better lifestyle. But, sharing this wealth may be ‘controlling’ apparently.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    I don't understand the last point: "sharing this wealth may be controlling"

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    Ah ok, got it. Sharing is the new greedy I guess.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,075 ✭✭✭bcklschaps

    OP, your husband is clearly squirreling away money to do a runner on you 🏃🏼‍♂️💨

    Only joking

    Firstly congrats on your joint incomes, very impressive 👍

    Secondly, soo you both work in well paid jobs, and it sounds like you're husband puts in half the amount needed to run the house. (Generally speaking)

    Instead of being over dramatic, why don't you simply point out that there are a few other things that need to be paid for and explain what they cost eg. Kids birthday parties, Christmas presents etc.

    and just remember that on average men die about 10 years earlier than women, soo you'll likely get all the loot 💰 in the end, anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭sunshine2018

    Sounds like you are having a tough time. This isn’t about money - it’s about respect and the state of your marriage. There is no right or wrong way to do your finances all coupes are different and what works for one couple might not work for another. His refusal to discuss it is appalling and not how happily married couples behave. Do you still want to be married to this man? You sound very unhappy. I suggest you get some advice around your options from a legal and financial perspective.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,455 ✭✭✭Quantum Erasure

    and in the case of the OP, or the poster you were replying to?

    My wife earns much less than the OP, I earn a lot more than the OP's husband.

    how does that work out, exactly?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,844 ✭✭✭shootermacg

    if 150K combined isn't enough for you, you really need to question your spending habits.

    If a partner sees you as someone who wastes money, he'll generally withhold money for a rainy day. I know my wife has zero financial sense. We have a joint account, and she's basically not happy until it's empty every month.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    In the case of the OP it was 225 combined. She is earning 75k and he earns 150k. He puts in half of the mortgage and bills. She is left to pay for furniture, kids clothes and activities etc. The mortgage is reasonably large, so I am not sure you have a huge amount left over on 75k after tax if you are covering most of the additional costs. On that combined salary the family should be living very comfortably with no money worries.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 357 ✭✭JimboJones99

    I always get surprised that people really seem to get upset when this topic is brought up. Could it not actually be possible that this is not a scenario where one glove fits all?? Every couple and marriage is different and so what might seem reasonable for one might not suit another.

    Personally, since my wife and I moved in together we had a joint account for mortgage, bills, childcare etc. Initially she earned more than me and then gradually I started earning a little bit more than her. We split the contribution based on the ratio of our net incomes. It suits us as what ever we decide to spend on ourselves, i.e clothes, gadgets, diesel and even our own cars are bought by ourselves, we can do so without question or a disapproving comment.

    This is where the trust and respect comes in which sadly for the OP is clearly lacking. I know exactly what my wife earns and has in savings and vice versa. We might have control over our own accounts but there is full transparency. We budget our monthly outgoings and try to pay for absolutely everything out of it which is family orientated. If we need to top it up for irregular items such as Santa presents, we do so. My wife would have had a lot more debt than me arising from college so her saving power would have been a lot less than mine. Therefore, I would have paid for the family holidays, the fill of oil if the joint account didnt have enough funds, when we were doing up on house, I would have contributed a lot more. If we are going on a family trip we take my car and I pay for the fuel. To be fair it is easily balanced by all the extra work she does around the house which I definitely acknowledge and appreciate. If she reduced her working hours or lost her job, then of course I would contribute more as the family and house are the most important thing but I also think independence is a good thing. I know it is easy for me to say as my wife has a very good job and I am very lucky that she is able to contribute as much as she does.

    Going back to the OP, I am sorry that I dont have any practical advice that can help your situation but I can say that is absolutely not fair what your husband is doing to you. You are not bleeding him dry and are being very fair to him in financial terms. He is denying you independence and self worth. You are clearly a very intelligent and hard working woman and you are just as entitles to enjoy the fruits of your labour every bit as much as him. He should be contributing to all family expenses such as summer camps etc. He is clearly extremely mean and obviously just likes looking at his bank balance rising but that is not fair to you when you have to pick up so much slack.

  • Registered Users Posts: 357 ✭✭JimboJones99

    Also I should mention the issue here isnt the amount they are spending. Again every couple is different and has different expenses. Yes, they are earning a massive amount of money but that is not the point. Her husband is paying the bare minimum whilst she has to cough up for furniture all by herself!! Thats not fair so I dont see the relevance of what they are earning has anything to do with it

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,989 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Not married but 10 year relationship with 2 older stepkids.

    I earn more by some margin compared to herself who also has a "good" salary, not too dissimilar to OP situation.

    We do a budget for expenses each month. We have our own accounts and a joint current and joint saving account too. With the budget figures we make sure we each have a similar amount of disposable income for the month. Generally this would result in me paying 60-70% of the expenses. Can't imagine a situation where herself was on the breadline and I'm out living it up.

    However we didnt arrive at this situation organically. We went to relationship counselling (for other issues) and money came up as a problem. I was completely unaware that a 50:50 split was unfair as I was earning more. And she was struggling but hadnt communicated it well. Counselluing really helped this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,392 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey


    Whats even stranger is that they see joint accounts as a form of trust.

    Completely missing the irony that joint accounts couldn't be further from a symbol of trust. Its the equivalent of trawling through your partners phone daily to see who they speak to.

    A partner justifying buying a nice new pair of wellingtons or perhaps a nice outfit just seems utterly absurd.

    "Pocket money" for working your ass off for 35 odd years and then you die.

    I'm thinking none of those people have hobbies, having to ask permission for buying a new rifle would be enough for me to quit work

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Why would you ask your wife if you want to buy a new rifle if you had a joint account? I think you might be over complicating things. All you would need to do is to consider if it's affordable, and if it is go buy the best .22 rifle you can (unless approved to shoot deer).

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,975 ✭✭✭Former Former Former

    I make a lot more money than my spouse. We have a joint account into which salary is paid and from which bills and household purchases are paid, then we each take an equal amount every month for our individual Revolut and credit cards for own socialising and discretionary spending.

    The mechanics of how you arrange the accounts isn't that important, but a marriage in which one partner has a much more lavish lifestyle, regardless of who earns the money, isn't going to last.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭HerrKuehn

    Or you buy hobby things from the personal money which is what we do. With that money there doesn't need to be any justification for what you buy. I might buy a bottle of wine for €200 but I wouldn't buy that from the joint account as obviously it is a ridiculous expense.

  • Registered Users Posts: 436 ✭✭Girl Geraldine

    So what is he doing with all this money that he is not giving to the family?

    I would bet it is either an expensive drug habit, or gambline.

    Cocaine is an expensive habit, and it also is known to turn normal pleasant people into inconsiderate arseholes. So those two things line up here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭Deeec

    I think you are missing the point - there is trust in having a joint account. My husband doesnt ask me for permission to spend or I dont ask my husband for permission - we buy what we want and need. Obviously large expenditure amounts would be discussed. I would think that even couples with separate accounts should discuss large expenditure - I would find it very odd if a partner just went off and bought themselves say a new car without telling the other person. Having a joint account causes no arguments whatsoever and never has for us. We have separate savings accounts though but no expenditure goes out of these accounts. To me having a joint account is equality and openess in a marriage.

    I would find it very odd going out for a meal for instance and having to discuss in the car who is paying - that to me is ridiculous. It would seem though that some couples are like this.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 357 ✭✭JimboJones99

    I dont think a normal couple would have that discussion about paying for a meal. It would normally go something like, "I'll get this one, you got the last one" Doesnt need to be complicated. Again everyone is different, no right or wrong way