His Entitled Mother-In-Law Kept Lavishing Hundreds of His Hard-Earned Dollars on Herself, but After One Spree Too Many, He Decided Drastic Action Was Needed

A man recently went online to ask for advice after his mother-in-law’s habit of spending his money began to get out of hand. Here’s his story.

She lives with them

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“Key info: my wife is a stay-at-home mother to our two pre-teen kids,” the man began. “Her mother lives with us too.”

He’s the breadwinner

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“I’m the sole earner in the house, as her mother was able to retire because of my income.”

She was a spendthrift

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The man explained that he’d been having ongoing money issues with his mother-in-law. It began when she would go shopping with his wife while he was at work.

She’d spend hundreds

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His mother-in-law would add things to the basket, and before long, the two women were spending over $500 in a single trip to the grocery store—and then going to another store the next day and blowing another $100.

Bills went through the roof

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Then winter came, and the heating was constantly on at around 80°F while doors and windows were left open. Their average heating bill rocketed to between $600 and $900.

She didn’t communicate

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The house developed a water-line leak. The man’s mother-in-law was notified about it but said nothing until the water bill suddenly trebled.

It was getting out of hand

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But the final straw for the man came when his mother-in-law took his wife’s bank card and went on a $300 shopping spree, which included a $90 pair of headphones.

They’d tried to speak to her

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The man said that he’d tried discussing the problem with his wife, but every time she’d try and talk to her mother about it, her mother would “go out of her way” to make his wife’s life hell, and nothing would change.

He had no other option

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He also stressed that he’d always believed that whatever money he had belonged equally to his wife. However, now that his mother-in-law seemed to think she was equally entitled to it, he felt he had no choice but to take action.

He wanted a separate account

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The man had told his wife that he was going to open an account in his own name only and have any checks paid into it. His wife could still spend their money just as freely, but she would have to ask him to send it to her in the future to stop their mother-in-law from taking advantage.

Was it the right thing to do?

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The man asked the online community if this course of action was the right one.

The internet responded

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People had a range of takes on the man’s problem. “She is abusing your hospitality, and your wife is enabling her,” said one. “I doubt this measure will be enough to stop her.”

“Sounds like you’ve been pretty patient and generous,” said another. “But I’d probably give them a monthly allowance to spend as they please; otherwise, you’re heading towards accusations of being controlling and financially abusive when you decline a random $500 shopping spree.”

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