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DH FINALLY learns a little reality!!

September 20th, 2009 at 06:28 pm

Well, you guys would be so proud!

To give anyone who doesn't know (and may care), a large part of our financial problem was that I was always in charge of finances and I am VERY bad at telling anyone in my family NO. I have been TRYING to hand over the bill paying to DH, even suggesting we pay them together, but it fell on deaf ears.

So last Monday I told DH that when he was paid the next day, I would NOT be paying the bills. I told him I would show him how, but I am stepping away from all finances pertaining to our joint account. I told him when my job starts again, I would give him half of each of my checks ($420 per week, so $210) and keep the other half, out of which I will pay for my gas, food for the family, the girls and my cell phone bill, and any other bills pertaining to the girls like doctor visits, clothes, school lunches, etc. I told him I would open a new account just for these at the credit union, so that when we go to buy a new car, we can get a good interest rate. He kicked and screamed about this saying that he would like to give HIMSELF $210 a week just to spend. Frown Ugh! I told him he was in charge of the other account and if he wants to "give himself that" then go right ahead, as long as the bills are paid. I will do heavy driving for my job when I go back, so LOTS of gas will be used!!

Anyway, I also have to squeeze other payments out of this that he is not aware of, like for paying back my mom, my daughter and our new washer!

His first foray into the payment world was ugly. He FINALLY got the idea that we are in TROUBLE!! And that we need a PLAN for this. Now, can he do it????

9 Responses to “DH FINALLY learns a little reality!!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I look forward to hearing how it all works out. Good luck to both of you!

  2. miclason Says:

    Yay!!! Now youŽll see progress!!! Nothing like a cold dose of reality!!!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Good for you! Now you can yell and scream at him about his money management. Wink

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Sounds like progress! Good luck!

  5. Ima saver Says:

    I wish you luck too!

  6. LuxLiving Says:

    Good luck with this one. What happens if you keep your nose in the game????

  7. scfr Says:

    Sounds like a big step ... Good luck!

    $210 "just to spend"??? Sounds like you'd be lucky to squeeze out enough for a pack of gum for yourself with all you have to use that money for! And yes, feel free to tell him I said that! Big Grin

  8. homebody Says:

    $210.00 for that is tight Kathy. Good luck!

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Good for you! I hope it goes well.

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