This is our second round of “The Marriage Umpire” today. You send us your marital problem and we’ll help you solve it. (We actually do this all the time but we’re officially playing this week as we await the new show “The Marriage Ref” by Jerry Seinfeld on NBC.)
Our second problem has been sent to us by a man. He’s apparently already divorced his wife but maybe we can help solve this issue for other couples. It’s a common one too. Here’s what he writes:
“When the ex was constantly shopping, she always seemed to “justify” her spending with the “it was on sale” argument. When the budget was tight, the bank doesn’t care if you saved 75% if you bounce the check for the 25% that you DID spend. She couldn’t understand my statement that it is 100% off if you don’t buy it at all. Moral of the story, the great bargain justification eventually wears thin.”
This was a very common argument early on for me and Michael. My mom would always come home bragging about how much she got off of something so I would do it too. Michael would go bananas. That doesn’t mean you got a good deal. It just means it was overpriced to begin with.
We don’t have this fight much any more because I basically have curbed my shopping habits.
What do you guys think: Is a sale saving money or actually just spending? Is shopping in general a major problem area for you as a couple?
Speaking of money habits: Rana Cash is looking for people who would like to be interviewed for a story she’s working on about what our parents taught us about money (or didn’t teach us). Also, what are we teaching our kids. If you would like to be in Rana’s story you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.