NB: Nomex is a fire proof fabric used in protective clothing. I'm having problems understanding all of the posts I read both here and on just about any other photo forum* saying things to the effect of "My spouse would kill me if I bought this" or "I have to get permission to buy this". Now, if we are talking about spending the spouse's money or using funds that are needed for the house payment or other important matters - well then you should be in trouble and in fact shouldn't even be considering the purchase. Same goes if it means going deeper into debt when you are already over your head. But if none of that is true and you can afford and justify (another topic altogether) the purchase then why on earth is it an issue? Major decisions that affect both parties are different. I don't think one party should decide to replace all the furniture or repaint the house purple without it being a joint decision. In 19 yrs of marriage I don't think my wife has ever asked me if she could buy something for herself and the same goes for me. We may have talks like "what do you think of this laptop?" or "do you think I should get this?", but never "May I get this, please?". I don't mention this as a way of saying neener neener, I'm better off than you. I bring it up because I don't understand, I have no point of reference having not been there since leaving my parents. I can see discussing purchases out of respect for the spouse, but permission... Don *Interestingly, I seldom see this on other hobby forums that I read.