Every now and then we receive boxes at our doorsteps, and my sons and I hurry outside to see what new item we’ve got. These were in one of the latest boxes we opened:
I shared this on Twitter when we got ’em, and when I was asked if it was a gift to us, I said yup! A gift from MY WIFE who does all the shopping in our household! Haha… It’s like Christmas Day all the time for us boys up in here – we never know what’s gonna show up at our doorstep! (Although usually it’s boring stuff like diapers or cleaning supplies or cat litter)
Got me thinking about how we’ve divvied up the responsibilities in our house over time though, and thought it might be fun to list them out and see how you guys manage your money/household too?
Here are the things I’m in charge of:
- Managing our finances
- Keeping the house organized*
- Keeping my kids alive during the day
- Killing all spiders
And here are the things my wife is in charge of:
- Grocery shopping
- Kids shopping
- Household shopping
- Re-doing everything my boys and I do wrong
So basically, I save all our money and make sure everyone stays alive, and my wife spends all our money and makes sure everybody’s clothed and fed ;) Outside of pretty much everything else our family requires…
But I find we’re both lucky as our responsibilities match pretty well with what we’re good at and/or enjoy. And I know that’s not always the case in relationships.
I naturally began taking over all the stuff that I really enjoyed and my wife loathes (organizing the house, handling our finances, anything to do with spiders!), and my wife took the lead on all the stuff she found important and was DEFINITELY best at too (making sure our household runs smoothly!).
I’m sure she’d give up the grocery shopping if she could, but after recently testing out Peapod during maternity leave (the home delivering service) she’s pretty much in heaven now and never wants to step foot into a grocery store again, haha… (Although we are finding some cons so far with it, like not getting as fresh fruits/veggies as we’d like, as well as something always being out of stock. Still, a nice trade off from slugging it through the aisles every weekend, and not much more expensive, if you pick *off-hour* times for delivery!)
I put all those asterisks (*) up there in the cleaning bullets btw, because my wife likes to constantly correct me whenever I say I “cleaned” something. “No you didn’t, you ORGANIZED it!” she always comes back with. “Cleaning is when you actually get on your hands and knees and wipe everything down with cleaning solutions!” Haha…
You say potato, I say potahto ;)
At any rate, that’s how our finances/responsibilities are split! How about you? Do you compliment each other well too, or do you repeatedly want to strangle one another? Anyone have TWO people in their household who loves managing the $$$ and always fighting for the power?
I can’t imagine having to divvy up the good stuff, but then again it would also be nice if your partner actually remembered how much you had in savings, or even a clue as to what your net worth is! I swear, just once I’d like her to guess within $100,000 of the right answer, haha…
You do that, honey, and I will wipe down this entire house with as much cleaning solution as you’d like!!
PS: I love you lots.
Doodle up top by studio tdes / Tweaked by J$
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!