When my husband and I had our son we both worked low income jobs as we were both in college. We opened up a joint bank account and never fought about money. My husband stopped working to finish school. I remained working full time for 2 years. During this time I also handled all of the responsibilities with our son as well as the household obligations (cooking, cleaning, meal planning, laundry, errands, etc.) My husband made some extra money on the side via student loans, and buying and selling big ticket items on Craigslist. Again, we never argued about money and while my husband was the bigger spender, I accepted my role as the more frugal one and never felt like it was to a point where it was extremely unfair.
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