I am a frugal person. I really, truly am. I only buy what I need, when I need it. When I shop for clothes, it’s out of necessity. (But when I shop for clothes for my kids, all bets are off. YOU get a new wardrobe! YOU get a new wardrobe! YOU get a new wardrobe.)(In my defense, my kids seem to be taking Miracle Grow supplements behind my back.)
My husband is also frugal, but to the ninth degree. He comes from a Dutch background, and the Dutch are notorious for being cheap (Dutch date, anyone?).
This can cause some stress between us because he gets pinchy about finances and I’m baffled because it’s not like I’m racking up credit card debt or anything. There are some things I could be better about and there are some things that he could be more relaxed about, but we’ve managed to meet in the middle.
He’s also handed the banking reins back to me since I’ve returned to being self-employed, which has helped a lot. I’m an accountant, so numbers don’t faze me. Numbers aren’t his favorite, which only added to his stress. We’re in a much better place than we were a year ago.
How do you deal with money stress in your house?