So you may remember my fiasco with the van from last week

My comment was about the importance of an emergency fund. Well the van got fixed….free fix even. So here is part 2.
Last night my son and his friends were playing tag in the back yard…in the DARK! My hubby was out there with them. There’s a knock at the back door and my oldest tells me that my youngest is bleeding. Long story short, he collided with another kid and blood was gushing out his nose. No lacerations thankfully. When the bleeding stops I see clear fluid coming out. Call the advice nurse (really for just do’s and don’ts) and she has he needs to be seen. Clear fluid coming out can be a bad sign. So it was off to ER we went (it was 9:20pm). Thankfully he is fine, no reason for alarm. MD just thinks the impact was so hard that it made his nose run. But she said it was a good thing to bring him in and get his looked at.
We have pretty good health insurance (thank God) but the emergency fund will come in handy to pay the co-insurance. We have to pay 10% of the visit. I don’t think we even have a ER copay. Guess we will find out.

Ashley you are not alone

I often wonder is William himself could come to my house and live on my budget and STILL give the same advice as he does. I like William and his principals, but I wonder how they can really apply to me. I don’t have some huge snowball debt that when I’ve paid it all off, have all this leftover money to stick into 401K’s and college funds. I am with you. Every time I’ve listened his callers make at least $15,000 more a year than my husband does. And those callers who make that much more than him, are single or married with NO kids.
It’s easy for me to get discouraged when I listen to his shows, but I remember my goals and plug away at them day by day!

Yes, this is an excellent recommendation …

a 12 step program for each of you. As Sharon said, even if he doesn’t go, YOU need it for support. There is a wonderful 12 step program called Celebrate Recovery. Here is their website and you can find out if there are any meetings in your area …. There is even a movie coming out next month that features CR. It is a cool deal.

About bank accounts. My sil (dh’s sister) had a bank account she let her dh have access to. After cleaned her out for a night of drinking, she went to the bank. They said she could either close that account or they could put a flag on that account stating the she was the only one who could get money out of it. That is what she did so she wouldn’t have to start over with a new account. This is something to keep in mind. You could have it so that your dh could deposit money but not get any out, if you decided to let him have some kind of access.

Classic gambling addict

While I agree with marriage counseling, I recommend a 12 step program on addiction more. If you can’t encourage him to go, you go to learn how best to operate with a person in his condition.

Me too!

Also, be very careful about combining accounts if he is up to no good. I added my ex-husband to my accounts back in my younger (stupid) days and he cleaned them out and most of it was put there before I was even with him! Once his name is on it he can walk into the bank and help himself and there is nothing you can do about it!

Your so right Deborah

the temper tantrum and acting like a baby is the hardest part of this. He’s a 48 year old big baby. His computer died over the weekend and he wanted to borrow mine, I let him sign in one time..after that I changed the password. He wanted to check his powerball numbers yesterday and I wouldn’t let him on. He had to wait until he read it in the newspaper. As long as I give into this attitude the longer it will go on. He would never go along with me handling all the money in the house. I opened up a savings account for our youngest son in our sons name and mine. He asked him how much money he had in it, he said “I don’t know ask mom.. he told him “you let your mother have too much control over your money”… ah… he’s 8!!!! So it is very frustrating!!!

Which is another reason

I recommend combining funds even though she might have a really big, growing tantrum baby on her hands when she revokes his debit card, and relegates him to a weekly or monthly cash blow fund. She will at least know the bills are paid, food for the family, gas for automobiles etc is being covered. Gambling and their associated debts will have to be paid out of his blow money. You don’t have to say a word to dissuade his habits, especially a gambling one, it is a very cash conscious enterprise where debt is strongly discouraged.

Again, the hardest part will be the the temper tantrum and ill spirit he will display in an effort to wear you down, shake you down, extort more money… You have to be able to stand firm in this.