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View Poll Results: How do you decide about major purchases in your household?
My spouse and I always discuss major purchases before buying. 11 78.57%
One of us is a "spender" and one is a "saver" so it can be a battle. 2 14.29%
One person makes the decision for the family. 1 7.14%
We get opinions from outside the immediate family. 0 0%
The kids get a say in it too. 0 0%
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Old 08-04-2004, 08:36 AM
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Question Making Decisions about Major Purchases

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Old 08-04-2004, 08:44 AM
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My husband and I USUALLY discuss major purchases. He has been known, on ocassion, to be spontaneous and buy something without talking to me first :-P but for the most part we always decide together

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Old 08-04-2004, 09:07 AM
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He has been known, on ocassion, to be spontaneous and buy something without talking to me first :-P but for the most part we always decide together.

My DH is also guilty of this.

But, for the most part, we discuss and decide together.
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Old 08-09-2004, 09:39 AM
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chuckle Major Purchases

My husband and I sit down and discuss what features each of us would like, we go shopping and look at every possible place for the item, I usually look around on-line for deals (some of them even have buyer feedback), and I go to consumer reports if it is a big enough item for it to be listed. We then weigh, price, versus name/quality. Then we make a purchase, but we are a middle class family and I like to make sure that we are spending our money wisely. I also ask friends who might have different brands/models how they like theirs.

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Old 08-09-2004, 04:58 PM
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If the purchase is over $50.00 than we discuss it. Anything under that we are on our own. I feel major purchases should be discussed.
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Old 08-10-2004, 12:51 PM
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We discuss most things....

My DH and I discuss important things like major appliances etc. We even usually talk about the small stuff. Since I now "handle the money" he will ask if there is enough to buy "such & such".

Speaking of discussing.....when we were first married, we went out to dinner with another couple and when we were choosing our dinner, I asked DH what he was getting...he said the Surf and Turf. I ordered the Filet Mingon(sp?). The other couple asked "Do you two discuss everything??". DH and I looked at each other and said together--"Yea, I guess we do!!" Actually, we were acting on our little "code". He had the money and I wasn't sure how much he had, so I asked him what he was having to find out what I could spend---if he was ordering something "cheap" then I knew we didn't have alot of money---but if he ordered lobster--I'll be darned if I was going to order spagetti !!!
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:37 AM
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We always discuss it first, but we don't always discuss what model, etc. We discuss if we should get it, how much we would be willing to spend, etc. We usually look it up in consumer reports at the library before we spend more than $50 and sometimes less. Usually we look up "durable goods" that we expect to last. We always discuss if we have to take money from the budget, so more than $20 gets talked about.(we each have $20 a week to use as we choose. He buys soda, I buy homeschool stuff usually)
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:55 AM
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I handle the finances and DH knows I wont spend anymore money then is necessary for anything. For household items we do discuss the need but he could care less what brand, etc. it is so the final decision is left up to me. If there is a big purchase that he wants personally he will ask if we have the money now or when he can get it.

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Old 02-15-2007, 02:24 PM
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That was hard to only put down one answer. We do try to include the kids, and often I leave the decision up to dh on model and make especially if its something electronic, his field. I think we have done all the foils in the poll question from time to time!
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