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The "talk"

August 4th, 2008 at 09:59 am

I had to have the "talk" with my husband this morning. You know the one. ...

"Did you spend $50 at some place involving bikes?" (said as I was waving around his personal credit card statement)

"Yeah. I gave a donation to someone in a ride."

"Uh, yeah, and like how did you expect me to pay for that?"

"I guess out of my monthly expense account."

"You mean the monthly expense account that you already spent for August on an iPhone?"

"Ooops. Yeah. Guess that won't work will it?"

"Ooops. Guess not. So how do you think I'm going to balance the spending plan this month if you randomly spend $50 that you don't have and then conveniently forget to tell me about it?"

"Sorry."

"Yeah, you'll be sorry when you're eating Alpo in your old age, pal!"

I'm thinking I'm not the only compulsive debtor in this household....

8 Responses to “The "talk"”

  1. momcents Says:


    Gotta love them, don't you? Husbands, that is. Mine has "needed" some things for the home bathroom remodel that was "my" idea. In my most recent post I lamented money concerns about paying for dancing daughters' dresses (one seemed manageable, now it is two!) I would have loved for DH to HEAR what I was saying and respond, "Gee, we probably don't really need a grill right now, do we?" But NO, I get the "Well, I guess I'll have to work even MORE." Insinuation (IMO): I'm not managing the resources very well.

    Threaten to have DH update his own spending record. If he is anything like mine, he will remember to diligently give you his receipts.

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    ahhh...I love talking in circles like that. so productive...

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    I can so relate! My DH is currently over $500 "in the hole" on his allowance and still whining about wanting this and that. He spent $400 on something he "HAD to have" and it just collects dust. Then he dropped $375 at a "bar" while on vacation. Credit cards and household debit card WILL be confiscated if he ever plans to go out to a bar again.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh yes. Isn't it funny how the ones not managing the budget can sometimes get forgetful about the rules, even when they're really simple? We must make it look too easy to balance the budget. Smile

  5. compulsive debtor Says:

    I threatened to hand all the finances back over to him this morning. You should have seen how fast he went running in the other direction....

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    Ugh, if I tried to hand over the finances, you wouldn't believe how fast we'd be in SERIOUS debt!

  7. Merle Wayne Sneed Says:

    I am a natural tightwad. It is a quality that women only appreciate after the marriage.

  8. cptacek Says:

    I have finally gotten DH to clean out his wallet and give me the receipts every Sunday. That is so much better instead of me having to nag, er, remind him.

    We had to get new checks the other day and when we were ordering, I forgot to say we needed duplicates, and he spoke up! That is a step in the right direction!

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