Unless you’re single and/or living in a vacuum, any decision that you make affects the people around you. Not to mention how the people around you affect the decisions you make!
My husband and I are generally on the same plate financially. We want to have financial security, provide for our children, pay off our debts and be able to spend a bit on ourselves without having to worry about it too much. But we also have the same weaknesses… for eating out, buying things for the kids, and splurging on the occasional treat.
Our problem seems to be that we have problems translating the ideal goals into a concrete plan of action, and as we both have the same sort of spending and saving behavior, our strengths don’t complement the other’s weaknesses- they exacerbate them!
So what I’d like to know is this:
How do you get your family to become more frugal? Does your partner help you on your path to frugality, or are they a hindrance?