Meet BOB and The Man Allowance

BOB has joined our family by way of The Man Allowance. He hung out in the dining room for a while and I was startled every time I walked by. I knew he was there but it didn’t matter. HE. FREAKED. ME. OUT! Blake turned him to face the window. It didn’t help. BOB was probably an excellent thief deterrent looking out the window the way he was.

Thankfully, after working with BOB in the dining room, Blake decided there wasn’t enough space and sequestered BOB to the garage. Poor BOB. It’s cold out there. He doesn’t care though. Every day BOB greets us as we pull our cars into the garage. What a nice guy he is!

If you haven’t figured it out, BOB is short for Body Opponent Bag. He’s the best sparring partner money can buy!

The Man Allowance is an excellent way to keep your budget on track and your man happy!

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The great thing about BOB is that he was paid for with cash!

BOB can now be crossed off Blake’s wish list. I have to tell you, Blake’s list used to stress me out as the Household Chief Financial Officer. Somehow, I felt the pressure to help him achieve every desire of his heart. That was until, THE MAN ALLOWANCE!

Blake’s Man Allowance

Blake loves getting a man allowance every month and he squirrels money away to purchase things off his wish list. He has his very own envelope system which means no more pressure for me! Whew! He’s happy, I’m happy.

Blake gets $450/month as a man allowance. Holy Smokes! Sounds like a lot, right? Not so fast.

What Does The Man Allowance Pay For?

  • Gas
  • Haircuts
  • Co-pays
  • Clothing
  • Nickel and Dime Stuff that comes up at work
  • Gifts for ME – Really. Because how can it be a true gift if it’s coming out of the family budget that I am the CFO of?
  • Car maintenance – LOF, etc.
  • Any other Needs, Wants, Desires

How To Figure The Man Allowance Amount

We came up with Blake’s man allowance amount by tracking how much he spent on necessities each month and averaging it out. Let me tell you, Blake is lucking out now that gas prices are down. His list should be getting shorter quickly!

Blake’s average monthly gas bill has been $300/month. He won’t tell me what it is now for fear of allowance reconsideration. Ha! Seriously though, he works hard and I’m thrilled he is able to check items off his list, although one of those items may just scare the crap out of me.


Hazel and I had a little fun dressing BOB up this afternoon. He is ready to greet Blake as he pulls into the garage. I’m hoping he scares him a little too! If BOB keeps dressing like that, we may become friends!

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our newest family member. Wish lists can become reality when you squirrel away your allowance!


AAACK! I just went to pick the boy up from school and when I opened the garage door, I freaked out. I mean the kind of freak out when your heart leaps, you jump backwards three feet and scream. Yep. I scared myself by dressing BOB. Good Golly Miss Molly.


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20 comments… add one
  • Lucy Nov 18, 2014, 8:12 am

    Love the new addition to your family! My hubby also get an allowance. It was the only way we could figure out how to make our budget make any sense. I budget $150/week for my hubby. It may sound like a lot, but being an over-the-road trucker is VERY expensive, even as a company driver. There are times he doesn’t ask for that much, but the money is in the envelope for when he does.

  • kay ~ Nov 18, 2014, 8:31 am

    Yikes, I can’t really weigh in on the allowance thing. We don’t really do separate money. When we need something, it comes out of the general fund. Okay, back to the Yikes thing, what is Bob? Is Bob a thing? Maybe I missed something in a prior post? My neighbor’s name is Bob. He looks a bit like your Bob, only way older. 😛

  • kay ~ Nov 18, 2014, 9:11 am

    I love the way you dressed Bob up! My mom would use the word “snazzy”! 🙂

  • Lucy Nov 18, 2014, 10:31 am

    Our money isn’t actually separate, it’s simply a way for us to keep from overspending and keep our budget in check. Knowing I have X amt to spend at the grocery stores keeps impulse spending at bay etc.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 18, 2014, 2:53 pm

    Yikes! I thought Blake got a pretty hefty allowance;0) I do find the hubby loves having his own money to spend whatever way he pleases, no questions asked. It’s worked quite well for us!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 18, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Bob is looking pretty “snazzy” for sure! Blake thinks we’re trying to make him look cute so he won’t want to train with him;0)

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 18, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Haha! Bob is a way to train in martial arts. Kind of like a punching bag. Poor guy. The hubby doesn’t have much time to spend at the dojo so now he can train at home. I’m hoping your neighbor Bob doesn’t look quite that mean?!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 18, 2014, 3:01 pm

    I totally get it! Ours is definitely separate. Blake likes to budget and save for things like Bob;0)

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods Nov 19, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Hah! Bob would probably terrify me too! I don’t do well with being startled at all. Mr. FW makes fun of me, but I just don’t like being caught off guard. You’re probably right about the thief deterrent capabilities though!

    Sounds like the allowance system is a good one for Blake. We’ve never tried that before, but it seems like a great idea.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 20, 2014, 11:45 am

    Lol! He just keeps on freaking me out too! I’m not sure if he’s less scary dressed or undressed;0)

    The allowance system has worked super well for us! Gives us a little freedom while still maintaining (or trying to maintain) goals.

  • Kara @ The Daily Whisk Nov 21, 2014, 7:36 am

    Bob is a tough looking dude!!!!!!
    My husband has an “allowance” as well. It’s a good set up for us!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Nov 21, 2014, 10:09 am

    Kara, he is still scaring me every day. Not sure if I’ll ever get used to this guy. Oh, and allowances rock!!!

  • EL @ Moneywatch101 Dec 2, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Funny addition to the average family, and if you were a jones, your bob will be kept nicely tucked in his very own gym room. Good luck not getting scared in the future.

  • Trish Dec 4, 2014, 9:39 am

    We don’t do set allowances but my husband and I each have separate checking accounts in addition to our joint account so that any money we use doesn’t mess up or short us in the joint account that pays the household bills.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Dec 4, 2014, 11:36 am

    Lol! Bob definitely does NOT have his own room;0) Bob is actually growing on me. I’m still thinking he will catch me in a weak moment though and scare the snot out of me once again.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Dec 4, 2014, 11:37 am

    That sounds like a great plan Trish! I like it!

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