Relationships and Money: Here Are My Answers

Lance at Money Life And More first brought to my attention a post theme that’s been making its way around the personal finance blog niche.  Originally started by Chase Bank, the idea is to get your thought on eight different questions that link together money and relationships.   Read through my answers and let me know what your answers are in the comments below!

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Listen To Your Wife

My wife and I are both pretty stubborn people.  If she says she’s right about something, I’ll often argue with her about it.  A couple of examples recently have shown that maybe it’s time to keep my mouth shut:

  • North Face – It seemed that for Christmas, my wife would inevitably buy me a new coat.  One year she got me a new leather coat, another year she got me a new dress coat, then a new fall coat, and one year a new winter coat.  This was 2007 or 2008.  She said I should get a North Face coat, but I resisted, scoffing at the idea that any coat should be as expensive as they were.  I promised her “These coats are way too expensive.  In a couple of years from now they’ll be like Members Only coats and nobody will be wearing them”.  A couple of years later passed, the cheaper coats I asked for (and got) having worn out (and never really keeping me cold), I had a new coat on my Christmas list.  This time I went for the North Face.  Which I should have just done back in 2008!  I love it. (UPDATE: I have had even better experiences with North Face in the months since!)
  • The pen – A while back I saw a charge on our debit card statement from Staples or some other office supply store for around $15.  I asked what it was for and my wife told me that she got herself a new pen.  I asked “OK, great, but where’s the other $14.50 of stuff?”  There wasn’t.  I was incredulous that she spent that on a pen and let her know at every opportunity that I didn’t approve.  Fast forward a few months later and I was working in the office and started using this pen.  “Wow, this pen is really awesome, where did you get it?”  You know the rest.  A few months later I got, as a gift, my very own $15 pen.  I didn’t say a single word about the price and it’s now the only pen that I use.

Men, next time your wife thinks she knows what’s best, listen.  Giving into my stubborn nature, I have found that mine knows exactly what’s best for me.  Which is just one reason I love her so much 🙂