We used the joint account for eating out (which we did a lot). There was a credit card designated as the joint expenses card. No kids, though, but a Disney trip would come out of the shared account. Putting a set amount into the account every month after we looked at our spending over the previous year helped.FlyEaglesFly2000 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:08 amWhat I am curious about for those of you with separate accounts, how do you handle joint expenses that aren't in the household budget? If you go out for a nice dinner, do you split the check? Does one of you "treat" the other? Or are all shared experiences handled from the joint account?
Also, with kids is seems difficult. If your 12 year old wants $15 to go to the movies, do you each give her some $? If you take the kids to Disney, do you split up the cost of the trip evenly?
As for the $15 for movies, I think that's where anyone would need to be careful about "scorekeeping." Geez, it's $15. It all evens out in the end.