Re: Wife refuses to work an help with bills
If she is not working, there is no need for a second car. Also, cut out expenses, that are not the basics (beauty, cable, internet, whatever you don't need for your work, home furnishings.) If all you can do right now because of the economy is pay for one car, the mortgage and the basics, she has to make a decision to help you out. I myself am laid off and in school. We also have a small child. There have been some things, I personally have had to sacrifice because it would be ridiculous for me to expect my husband to pay the high insurance premium, cover the utilities, and pay the rent on his very small salary. While I go the beauty salon, get mani pedis, get new clothes and shoes, buy pretty (but things that are not a necessity for the house), hand out with my friends and run up the feul bill. We really do have to survive for now. Its only temporary. When my Uncle got laid off from his job, he put his foot down and immediately paid off and closed all credit cards and got rid of extra expenses (and my aunt works.) He just knew what they were going to be able to afford and extra debt wasn't one of those things. I say put your foot down, sell that second car, rent out a room (if she doesn't want to contribute.) If she wants to keep these things and keep you from being stressed out, she'll contribute in some way (monetarily.)
Last edited by maccheese; 07-25-2011 at 11:14 AM.