my wife supports me 100% but knows nothing about music gear cost or anything..... we've been married for 16 years and have a joint bank / credit card account so if I need to buy something she knows - and I always discuss it with her first anyway before I buy anything. I've not had a problem getting anything I've needed - providing I explain WHY I need it.... A few years ago I told her I needed new strings ($35 NZ) and her reply was "didn't you change them last year"? and once we were in the music shop and she looked at a small Ampeg 20w combo? and said "why don't you buy this instead of the big amp (Ashdown EVO 900 and Warwick 4x10) you have?? There was no point trying to explain wattage...etc... to her as she'd never get it.