3 Reasons Why You and Your Boo Need a Budget RN
If you and your boo have ever had an argument over who should pay for groceries, dinner or movie tickets, you’re not alone. Disagreements over money are super common in relationships, especially when a clear budget is not in place. By creating a thoughtful money plan, you can focus on what actually makes you happy in a relationship rather than nitpicking about who is paying the cable bill. Once you’ve got all the deets worked out, you can turn your partner into your financial soulmate too. To help you in the process, we picked an expert’s brain to find out why exactly creating a budget that works for both you and your S.O. is so crucial.
1. Everyone should have one. Before you create a budget with bae, you definitely need to have your own personal money sitch worked out. “Budgeting is important for everyone,” says personal finance expert and host of the podcast HerMoney, Jean Chatzky. “It’s about figuring out where you are and where you want to be in the future. You should already have an individual budget, and as soon as you and a partner start having joint expenses (like meals out, vacations and home supplies), you should start working on a joint one.” Understanding your personal finances before jumping into a financial convo with your partner will allow you to know what you can reasonably contribute and what’s within the realm of possibility for you.
2. You don’t have to share everything. Sometimes couples are resistant to creating a budget together because they think it means they have to fully integrate their finances completely. Fortunately, this is totally not the case. “I’m all in favor of keeping separate mine and ours accounts if you’re hitched or in a long-term partnership,” says Chatzky. “If you haven’t made a long-term commitment yet, keeping accounts separate but pitching in to joint expenses could be your best bet. And if each partner makes a significantly different amount of income, choose a plan that works best for both of you. That could mean splitting those joint expenses equally or, more likely, each paying a percentage based on income.”
3. You’ll both be accountable. People naturally have different priorities and preferences when it comes to what they spend money on. Maybe you want to save all of your disposable income, but your partner wants to spend it all on buying clothes. These differences are fully manageable as long as you’re aware of them. “One of the biggest benefits of a joint budget are having someone to keep you accountable and having regular money talks. The drawbacks are that one person can start to feel resentful or ‘policed’ — that’s why I’m in favor of always maintaining a degree of financial autonomy in a relationship. Being open and honest and having regular money talks are really key.”
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)