Joint Accounts

Is My Wife an Overspender, or Am I a Nag?

When a financial problem is really an emotional one

An illustration. A woman rides a wave made of Monthly Statements and money. The woman’s husband holds an umbrella underneath.

Dear Joint Accounts,

I got married a year and a half ago. My wife has always been an extravagant spender — special outfits, expensive restaurants, exotic trips with friends — and while I voiced my concern several times while we were…