Men paying the bills is slowly disintegrating as women ‘feminists’ somewhat wants equal responsibilities asides equal rights; which in my opinion is very fair. I feel in every relationship it is important to talk about finances; I mean it is very crucial.
The normal tradition is that a man is to take care of any and every bill that concerns a relationship and home because it is a thing of pride to them. However, as time goes by this tradition is slowly changing.
For instance, a man invites a lady on a date, who is to pick up the cheque? Typically, it is the man that should pay and vice-versa-if a woman invite a man on a date, she should pick up the cheque- I mean if you will agree with me it is common sense. However, if you are being invited on a date, please order for what you can afford- that means you should take your wallet along with you so you don’t get stranded.
So, on who is to pay the bills generally in a relationship, my answer would be that the bills should be shared. This is no way taking the so-called ‘Pride’ from the man. It is called ‘helping out’-this is subject to the salaries we earn . For instance in a marriage, I feel it is standard for the man to pay the fees of the children, pay the house rent, then I can help with the housekeeping; however I am open to helping out more- this helps the lifestyle of the couple.
However, if the man insists on paying all the bills in the house, I would save/ invest part of my earnings for the dry days; so we are not left stranded.
Writing on this topic made me realize that it is more complicated that is seems. Please, I would love to have your opinion on this topic because it is not ‘black and white’, it has it gray areas too.