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To be peed off with DH re work

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bubblypop Fri 12-Jun-15 17:53:25

DH has form for refusing to discuss or talk about things if he doesn't want to. He'll just stonewall or change the subject. Thought I'd say that first.

About 8 months ago DH randomly decided to take voluntary redundancy at work as he wanted to work for himself. He is a specialist skilled tradesman and so it is a field he could work for himself in. This was solely his decision.

He had a couple of months of living off the redundancy pay and savings, and then did a few months' work for a friend who owns a business, which has now stopped. And he doesn't seem to have made any effort at all to find other work. I have suggested ways in which he could find work and offered to help him but he has all these conditions of places he refuses to work and certain things he refuses to do. He keeps saying he wants to "make a lot of money" but won't actually do anything! And we are fast running out of savings! He also refuses to job hunt as he wants to work for himself.

I work, and can and indeed have increased my hours but my earning capacity is nowhere near the earnings that he was earning previously. He also will not curb his spending and has in fact today bought a £500 bike!

I just a) resent being in an uncertain situation and b) resent the fact that he won't even talk about it.

I don't think he is depressed.

Finola1step Fri 12-Jun-15 17:55:23

Do you have dc together?
Do you have joint finances?

bubblypop Fri 12-Jun-15 17:56:28

Yes we have 2 DCs of primary school age

Yes our finances are all joint.

SewingBox Fri 12-Jun-15 17:57:05

When you say savings are fast running out, do you mean below levels you are comfortable with, or really there will soon be nothing left?

I really can't see a way he is being anything but very unreasonable though.

bubblypop Fri 12-Jun-15 17:58:26

I mean soon there will be nothing left!

We won't be entitled to any tax credits due to DH earning a high salary for the past few years so we will basically be screwed.

butterfly133 Fri 12-Jun-15 17:59:44

hmmm...the only time the "I want to make a lot of money" thing is meaningful is when you are employed in such a way that it is possible. So if it is likely that a really highly paid role, or project, may appear, I can understand refusing very low pay in that time if it puts the higher pay stuff at risk. But that type of situation is rare, and I suspect from what you say, that this is not it? Even if it was, I would always say he could take the odd bit of temp work here and there while waiting for that to arrive. If you are running out of savings - YANBU!

Heyho111 Fri 12-Jun-15 18:01:46

You are going to have to make him talk. Pick a time when you two are alone. Get all the finances out. Have a break down of expenses and have it there visually.
If he still refuses to talk text it to him. Just bills cost x. Income is x. Savings is x. Make him see it in black and white. He may be suffering from head in sand.

Pancakeflipper Fri 12-Jun-15 18:02:55

If he wants to work for himself (which sounds viable) then has he done a business plan, put targets/objectives together and got his plan of business development ?
Maybe he's not focusing and drifting. Days do merge into 1. If he had it set out do you that would help?

Or sit down together and look at finances and how you are going to lay not just for essentials but treats as a family.

PumpkinPie2013 Fri 12-Jun-15 18:06:33


If he wants to work for himself, he needs to be flexible about what he is willing to do and where - especially in the beginning when building up his reputation.

Otherwise, he needs to go back to working for someone else.

Bills don't pay themselves and savings won't last forever - he needs to realise that quickly.

ScrumpyBetty Fri 12-Jun-15 19:30:34

Can you transfer your earnings in to a seperate account that only you can access to cover necessities such as bills and food so that your DH can't spend everything away whilst he is looking/ putting his head in the sand about finding work?

HootyMcTooty Fri 12-Jun-15 21:24:58

Yanbu. Redundancy pay isn't a reason not to work. If I were in that situation I would start looking for work not wait until the money runs out.

If things don't change, at the very least you need to split your finances. Don't fund his lifestyle.

Penfold007 Fri 12-Jun-15 21:37:50

Start separating the finances and if you possibly can build a little fund for yourself. As hard as it is stop unwittingly enabling his behaviour. Good luck.

Metalguru Fri 12-Jun-15 21:41:55

Check again re: tax credits. If he left 8 months ago, your payments for 2015-2016 should be based on your salary last year, and his projected s/e earnings, not what he earned in his previous job.

BreadmakerFan Fri 12-Jun-15 21:47:07

Don't give him dinner tomorrow. Can't afford it now the savings are gone.

SorchaN Fri 12-Jun-15 23:24:48

Try to talk to him. But if he absolutely refuses, sell his bike on gumtree!

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 12-Jun-15 23:47:31

Who organises the finances? Because I can't see buying a 500 quid bike when you are out of work and almost out of savings as anything other than reckless and incredibly selfish.

Put the budget in front of him and tell him he needs to contribute. You can't live at a deficit.

Mistigri Sat 13-Jun-15 06:49:29

Open your own bank account and have your salary and your share of any savings paid into it as soon as you can. Your first priority here is to protect yourself and your children.

Why did he accept voluntary redundancy from his old job? I wonder if something was going on that he didn't tell you about - I don't necessarily mean anything "concerning", mode something like workplace bullying that may have affected his mental health and confidence.

bubblypop Mon 15-Jun-15 18:47:52

I could open my own account but I really don't earn that much so it wouldn't cover our living expenses.

I don't think there was anything that made him leave his job other than the fact that he wanted to work for himself.

bubblypop Mon 15-Jun-15 18:53:47

Oh and I meant to say too that I have tried several times over the weekend to talk to him and each time he just goes on his phone and/or ignores me!

SolidGoldBrass Mon 15-Jun-15 19:19:16

Send him a text saying that he either talks to you and the pair of you work out a way of resolving the situation, or he can wait to hear from your lawyer because you will divorce him. He cannot expect to sit on his arse waiting for a miracle while you do all the work. And if he does feel so 'special' that he won't look for a job, you would be financially safer throwing him out and claiming tax credits as a single parent.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 15-Jun-15 19:36:04

I don't think there was anything that made him leave his job other than the fact that he wanted to work for himself. But he clearly didn't want to work for himself. He sat around, then worked for a friend, then sat around.

mickeysminnie Tue 16-Jun-15 18:35:34

MrsTerryPrachett is right.
The redundancy money was his cushion while he set up in business and got established. The fact that he has just arsed around means his money and time is up.

bubblypop Tue 16-Jun-15 20:09:54

I am getting more and more frustrated every day.

I keep trying to talk to him but he just will not listen. Even when I spell out the fact that our outgoings reflect him earning the level that he used to earn at.

I have even suggested that we move to a smaller, cheaper house - there is one in our village that would be perfect - be he won't hear of it.

He has a habit of living in cloud cuckoo land for some things, and it seems as though he is currently residing there again!!

junebirthdaygirl Tue 16-Jun-15 21:12:41

He has already spent his share of your savings so take the rest out and put it in your account plus your own income. No point in talking it's consequences from here on. Do cheap cheap dinners with very little on his plate. Don't talk about it again. If he complains he has no money say lm sure you'll sort it. It's a disgrace he has spent his redundancy and your savings..that was your chance to get a little nest egg. So no more discussion. If he knows you are doing the worrying he won't bother so step back.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 16-Jun-15 21:32:37

You talk; he doesn't listen. So stop talking and act your words. You can't live like this so let him know what your line in the sand is. Personally, I would be reconsidering my relationship with a sulky, selfish, work-shy man who wouldn't communicate about issues or money. But that's me.

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