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Grow: My husband gets an allowance because he spends so much on his hair

Early in my marriage, I was, without a doubt, a financial micromanager. I’d scour our bank statements, questioning my husband’s every purchase: “You went to Starbucks SBUX, -0.84% again? You spent how much on that watch?”

My behavior stemmed from my well-meaning, Type-A tendencies—but it was causing a strain. After all, we were new at this: My husband wasn’t used to sharing a bank account, and I wasn’t used to giving up spending control.

While we didn’t often have outright arguments about money, an underlying resentment was building. I’d later learn how restricted my husband felt, how he couldn’t enjoy a purchase because he was so worried I’d question it.

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