I hate paying the bills. Ever since we got married I have been designated the family financial manager. That means it is my job to pay all bills, balance the checkbook. And review our budget. I also do a majority of the shopping, so I guess in a since it is easier for me to keep an eye on things than it would be for Paul.
Paul really has no clue how much money we spend on various things each month. He may have some notion of our mortgage and utility bills. But nearly all other bills have pretty much doubled since the last time he paid attention.
Then there's the checkbook. Supposedly each month I balance it. This is really not a very good description of what I do. Basically I just try to make it not quite so lopsided (or something). Lately, my method of keeping the checkbook on track is to look at our online balance, figure out which things haven't gone through and subtract them out. I do this every time I pay bills.
Tonight I wrote checks for all the bills I need to pay. Then I looked at our online balance. OUCH! I then selected the bills that need to be paid really soon and stuck those in the mail. The rest will have to wait until after payday. We would be considerably overdrawn if we paid them all now.
I don't know if this means I am a bad financial manager or what. There are just always unexpected expenses. I informed Paul of our situation and he was very much taken aback. He had wanted to take me out to Takaoka (Japanese steakhouse) this weekend, but that will have to wait.
I think that perhaps all women should take accounting classes as preparation for being housewives.
Excuse me now, while I go pound my head against a brick wall.