A frugal husband had Redditors shaking their heads after he refused to help his brother out of a financial crunch. The whole situation put his family relationships in the crapper. Here is his full story.
He Has Big Plans
OP is getting ready to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife.
He had a big surprise planned, but a bump in the road is causing him some stress.
They Don’t Waste Anything
All during their marriage, OP and his wife have been very frugal with their money.
Even though he makes decent money, they live in a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom house with their two kids.
They’re Pretty Darn Cozy
OP describes the setup as “cozy” and admits that the bathroom situation is getting more uncomfortable as the kids get bigger.
But he has been able to save a nice little chunk of money, and he knows exactly how he wants to use it.
He’s Giving Her Some Luxury
For their anniversary, OP is having a new bathroom added to the basement. He’s going all out, with a 2-person tub, in-floor heating, and a heat lamp to help his wife dry off and stay warm.
He’s All In
The whole project has a budget of about $25K, though OP knows it will probably blow by that number by the time the contractors are done.
He doesn’t care, though, and wants to give his wife the best private space he can afford.
But His Brother Is a Problem
The problem is that OP’s brother has run into money troubles.
That’s nothing new. His brother tends to overspend in order to have a good time.
He Acts Like Mr. Big Bucks
Even though OP and his brother make about the same amount of money, his bro lives in a big house, drives an expensive truck, and throws huge parties all the time.
He’s the good-time guy who doesn’t really have the money to back it up.
Mom Plays Favorites
To make matters worse, OP’s mom is always comparing her two sons, and she always throws his brother’s “success” in his face.
She loves to brag about all the cool stuff her other son does, like his over-the-top Christmas decorations.
His Wheels Are in Danger
But now that he’s in financial trouble, the brother wants OP to help him out.
He says he needs some money or he might have to sell his truck!
It’s Really Not His Problem
OP doesn’t really care about his brother’s truck, and he said that he couldn’t lend him any money.
But bro wouldn’t take no for an answer and called in the big guns.
She Hurled Insults and Guilt
When she found out about his refusal to help his brother, OP’s mom called him up to try and change his mind.
She told him that since he lived in a tiny house, he must have plenty of money saved up.
He Turned the Tables on Her
But OP pointed out to his mom that his brother made slightly more money than he did, so the brother should also have money saved up.
Mom didn’t want to listen to logic, though!
He Needed a Good Image
Instead, OP’s mom told him that his brother needed his big house and fancy car because he was trying to climb the corporate ladder.
He needed to impress his coworkers and bosses to make any headway.
She Brought Out the Violins
And then mom laid on the guilt, telling OP that his brother would have to sell his truck and probably the house without some help.
He and his family might have to move into a smaller place like the one that OP lived in!
It Wouldn’t Help Anyway
OP has put some thought into the situation, and he admits that he could scale back his bathroom plans and give his brother some money.
But he doesn’t think that would solve his brother’s problems.
He’s Earned Every Penny
And, in the end, OP doesn’t want to scale back because he thinks his wife deserves the best he can give her.
He’s worked hard for his savings and really doesn’t want to share it with his brother.
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