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Curbing your man’s spending ways

18 October 2016, 18:22 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Actually, the worst strategy you can ever employ in your marriage is trying to control a man and his money- not the money you have put together-but his money.

In a marriage (that is the only type of man that is yours), there are a lot of things that a man loses control of because he now has a wife and he has to negotiate with her as well as make every decision with her. Nothing is his anymore, except for his money.

That is why when a woman starts a conversation with, ‘I have an idea of how you can use this salary/ gains …’or whatever, he is already put off. You missed him right at the point you started a casual conversation with his money. Not even ours.

Control is very important to men, a man will faster drink his own money down the drain and listen to his wife bicker of how stupid he is than let her manage it for him. Even if she might be actually good at it; for most men, some might but not all. He will equate it to you trying to sit on his head, ‘are you the head now? Who married who?’

Your man does a lot of impulse buying for the household

How to make a man stingy 101: Stop giving short weekly lists and give him the whole bang- the monthly budget. If he is the type that shops, give the long list that has all the items in large size and not in small size. Small items= more money left in his pocket for him to get that thing he wants but you all don’t need. On the other hand, a filled trolley with necessities, with a growing budget gives him heartache. He will always remember that spending at the beginning of the month that costs him more than he should. It will make him only want to pick one item if he needs to not want to during the month.

Distract your man from boys’ night if he pours all his money there

You know those ones. The salary hits the account Friday/ Monday; whole week, he is the one buying. Whole weekend, e is the one sorting the trips and fuel. By mid-month, nothing for you guys he might still have some he can spend out there, but he could have had more. You need to find an activity he will enjoy doing with you. No-movies are overrated, romance movies even worse; be creative- if you know what I mean. That way, next time you suggest staying in, he will not mind at all because he knows what happens.

Come up with investments he will be interested in; where it deducts from the salary immediately it hits

Key point here: Your money has to go into it as well. You cannot give people advice on their money where you are not leading by example as well. It will look like you are the one asking for help but he gets to be a part of it through his own investment. Make it look like his idea- that is the trick. You propose something then you say, ‘What do you think? I am not sure since I do not know these things.’ This way he thinks he is giving you advice.

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