well, we leave as late as Monday/Tuesday and as early as Friday. we are waiting to hear whether DH is a finalist in the film contest, because if so, then his ticket will be paid! it's nice to save some coin.
finances around here--DH handles it. He finally transitioned to online bill pay, so we only get billed via email and he knows when they are all due anyway, so that's how we do it. no paper to mess with!
But, i do the taxes because i'm the one with the weird tax situation--a small business. so, i record my own income and expenses, put it into the right accounts (student loan auto withdraw, checking, and savings). i keep receipts for the expenses in a small plastic divided folder (size of a big letter envelope) for each month, and then at the end of each month, i print out that month's balance sheet and put it in the file with that month's receipts.
at the end of the year, i do a tally--itemizing by type such as "yoga clothes" and "yoga books", and then i turn the whole file over to my accountant with my 1099s, w-4s, and of course DH's w-2, and then all of our other tax-related things such as housing, educational, etc.
it's pretty easy to do that way, and i actually enjoy gathering everything together.
and, it makes it especially easy for this year. since we are leaving before all of our paperwork arrives, i have organized everything into one large mailing envelope, and then my MIL can drop in the other forms as they arrive (her address is our US address because they don't move), and then the envelope is labeled and has postage to be mailed to our accountant. he'll then do online tax returns for us, and we'll be golden.
that reminds me, i need to email him anyway.
so, in a way, we both do finances. what i earn runs my business, pays my student loans, and creates savings for us to spend on fun things like dining out, vacations, etc. DH's income is what supports us, with money going to retirement, housing, food, clothing, car, etc.
of course, that is about to change. in our move, we bought a business--a holistic health center--so we will be running that business together. so, our finances will really be combined.
I have about 4 months saved into the student loan auto-withdrawal account, and we're going to take some from my savings to put into that account so i have a whole year's worth as a buffer. All of our other debts are completely gone, so no worries about anything else.
i think the only thing left to do here is roll over the 401k into retirement funds, and then we'll just add to them once we're down there and we have it set up to do so.
so, everything will come through both of us, i guess! LOL