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I have arrangement with my spouse that everything that we earn is "shared" but we get monthly allowance that is personal. We get our salaries to personal accounts and tract how much we owe to in shared spreadsheet. When we move money to common account or make "family related" payments we subtract them from amount owed, likewise if we use common account for personal purchases then we increase amount owed accordingly.

Now I use Gnucash to track my personal expenses but I'm only track the movement of money between my and income/expense accounts. The information if such move is personal or "common" and the balance of money owned to shared account is simply not there.

Any advice how to set up accounts and enter transactions to be able to track such information?

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I added "Shared money in account" (SMIA) as sub-account of my bank checking (CA) account and moved current difference to that account so total of CA was not changed but now private and shared money is separated. My cases would be handled the following

  • Salary - Salary => SMIA
  • Allowance - SMIA => CA
  • Common expenses - SMIA => Expense
  • Private expenses - CA => Expense
  • Move to shared bank account - SMIA => Shared Account

The only downside I see is that now my balance in CA transaction log do not match exactly with bank so reconciliation will be slightly harder.

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  1. Create Accounts Payable / Asset account for your spouse.
  2. Use the Split Transaction feature

For example: Dinner together:
DR Food 50
DR Spouse 50
CR Credit Card 100

  • I do not see how it would help. I imagine this that way - single transaction may – AGrzes Oct 23 '16 at 18:25
  • Debit Checking Account X + Credit Expense / Utilities X + Debit Money Owned To Shared "Account" X. But another only Debit Checking Account Y + Credit Expense / Entertainment Y. And I do not see how split would help. – AGrzes Oct 23 '16 at 18:27

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