A frugal husband divided Redditors after his wife cried “poor” one too many times and forced him to reveal their net worth to friends and family. The numbers were shocking all around. Here is the full story.
Eyes on the Future
OP is a 31-year-old man who has been with his 30-year-old wife for 10 years. They have always been very frugal with their money and have built up a nice savings.
He Got a Head Start
OP gave them a head start with some aggressive saving before they were married. And now they both work toward building their wealth.
They Don’t Waste Anything
Both OP and his wife drive the same cars they had in college. And they dump everything they have after paying bills into savings and investments.
They Make Good Money
And because they live in an inexpensive location, OP and his wife are able to sock away a lot of money. It helps that both of them have decent paying jobs.
He Controls Everything
But not everything is peachy with their finances, and OP thinks part of the problem is that he manages everything that has to do with money.
They Live Close to the Bone
That’s the arrangement they’ve always had, and OP has developed the system that lets them live a decent life while saving a lot. They never have more than $500 in their checking account when he has worked his magic.
She Knows Everything
OP makes sure his wife knows everything about their finances, though, and that she understands how it all works. Once a month, they sit down to review everything, including the money he’s putting toward retirement and the kids’ college funds.
Thanks to all their hard work and close attention to detail, OP and his wife have managed to build their net worth to over a million dollars.
She Tells a Different Story
But that’s not the story OP’s wife tells their friends and family.
She Cries “Poor!”
For years, OP’s wife has been crying “poor” whenever dinner conversation turns to money. One of her favorite lines is to point out that she’s driving an old beater.
She Digs at Him
OP’s wife also likes to tell her friends and family about all the things she’d do if only they had a little money. It always stabs at OP a bit since he knows the truth.
He Offered to Change
More recently, his wife’s low-key complaining to others has really started to bother OP. He’s asked her multiple times if she wants to change things and said he’s open to spending more.
He Wants Her to Stop
His wife always assures OP that she’s happy with the way things are. In that case, OP says, he really wishes she’d stop making him feel bad and look bad in front of friends and family.
He Threatened Her
But his wife just kept right on with her “poor me” act. So finally OP told her that if she didn’t stop, he was going to reveal the truth about their finances.
She Couldn’t Help Herself
OP’s wife understood, but she just couldn’t help herself. At a recent dinner with her family, she complained again about how poor they were and how they couldn’t afford the things she wanted.
He Followed Through
OP kept his promise and said that was a strange thing for a millionaire to say.
She Was Fooling Them
His wife was embarrassed and said it wasn’t true, but OP wouldn’t back down. He told everyone that his wife knew exactly how much money they had and that she was trying to pull the wool over their eyes.
Nothing Could Stop Her
OP’s wife was mad and embarrassed, and he thought he’d finally broken the habit. But then the same scene played out yet again during dinner with friends.
He Outed Her Again
And once again, OP revealed their net worth and called his wife out for her bogus “broke” stories.
She Wants Him to Stop Bragging
Now, OP’s wife is mad at him, and she feels like he’s bragging about their money to their family and friends.
He’s Tired of Being the Bad Guy
But OP warned her this would happen, and he’s tired of her making him look like the bad guy all the time.
It’s a Tricky Situation
Redditors are divided on this story. Many of them think OP was justified for spilling the beans since his wife is an equal partner in everything they do.
But others think he’s controlling his wife and their finances. Even though he lets her know what’s going on, they’re not convinced she has any real say in the situation.
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