My wife and I make joint decisions on everything.
Unless it’s a small purchase, I don’t spend hundreds of dollars without talking to my wife about it first.
My brother just bought a motorcycle and it caused his wife to leave for a month because she had explicitly told him that they needed the money for a car they could both use. After telling him that he made a mistake, my brother sold his motorcycle and begged his wife to come back. It’s that sort of behavior that destroys a good relationship. When I wanted to get a new printer after the old one stopped working, I spoke to my wife about our budget and what machine we should get. It’s no different with the window upgrade that I’ve been researching lately. Our house has the old school crank windows that are notoriously troublesome. Aside from being prone to locking and getting stuck, they’re also bad at insulating the house from the elements outside. Cold indoor air will leak outside, while hot outdoor air will leak inside. Since our electric bills have been so high, I told my wife that it would be in our best interest to upgrade the windows. After a recent tropical storm pushed water into our windows from horizontal rain, my wife was sold on the window upgrade idea. The air conditioner is working too much just to maintain our temperatures inside with windows that are constantly leaking. Finding a reputable window dealer that doesn’t charge through the roof was a much harder process than changing my wife’s mind.