Q&A: Should The Husband Do The Finances?

Q: My wife thinks I should take care of all the finances, but I’m really not good at it. What do you suggest?

A: Some wives have the idea that to be a spiritual leader of the home, the husband should always take care of the finances. I don’t think that’s true. Some husbands are better than wives and some wives are better than husbands when it comes to keeping the books and paying the bills. I say, use your best teammate. We started off in our marriage with my wife keeping the books. Six months into our marriage she said, “Honey, would you be willing to do this?” I said, “Why?” She said, “It hurts my stomach.” Which means, we didn’t have enough money to pay the bills and she was struggling with deciding which bills to pay.

So, it really doesn’t matter which one of you keeps track of the finances. I’d say use the one who is best at it—the best team member. You two are on the same team.