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Mermaidwithoutacause Fri 09-Oct-20 21:52:08

I can’t see the wood for the trees anymore.
Dh has always been a high earner, he’s always massively out earned me. If I’ve ever been short on money I don’t like to ask him for it and we have no joint finances so currently as a sahm parent I only have access to what I’m given.

When ds was about one and I had come to the end of my maternity leave, that was when I started to really struggle. At that point we had a budget for our weekly - ten days shop of about £120. Dh would give me his card to take to go and do the shop which in itself made me feel awkward because it made me feel like a child.
Anyway I used to find that if I spent the whole amount at once I would end up with some things going off before I went shopping again and also that we needed some things like milk, bread, etc in the interim.
This then came out of the money that I had - the allowance dh gave me.
So what I ended up doing was spending £100 in one go at the supermarket and using the other £20 to put petrol in my car and then I’d use more than that £20 over the next week to ten days buying pits and pieces we needed. Essentially I couldn’t afford to buy petrol plus another £20-40 on food each week and we were also wasting some of the fresh stuff if I bought all in one go.

After a couple of months dh was going through bank statements and demanded to know why I was spending £20 of the food budget on petrol. He was really angry and used words like ‘leeching’ and ‘creaming off the top.’ He said I’d stolen from him.

This reaction - amongst others - has meant I feel totally powerless and as though I have nothing, which I don’t. When I think about it I feel a great sense of shame and embarrassment.

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Sharpandshineyteeth Fri 09-Oct-20 21:55:42

You are married and your job is to provide all the childcare whilst he earns the joint money. What else does he expect you to do? Does he want you to go back to work? Will he pay half the childcare.

This is financial abuse. Look it up. It’s no way to live. You need a serious discussion

Hawkmoth Fri 09-Oct-20 21:56:13

This is financial abuse.

londongirl12 Fri 09-Oct-20 21:58:18

Have you explained to him why you had to do that?

HaggisBurger Fri 09-Oct-20 21:58:48

Absolutely 100% financial abuse. Every bit as real
as if he was hitting you. It’s not in any way acceptable.

TOFO1965 Fri 09-Oct-20 22:00:26

I can never comprehend partnerships like this, it's so dysfunctional. He's plainly fucking you over and it won't change because no decent guy would behave like this to start with. I feel very sad for you, hope you find the strength to forge a better life for yourself.

Trixie18 Fri 09-Oct-20 22:01:14

Your husband is an abuser, this is not normal behaviour, please seek advice and look at leaving this awful man!

forestsmurf Fri 09-Oct-20 22:02:03

Why is he calling it his money, it's the family money surely. Have you sat down with him and shown him how much it cost to run the house and have enough so you dont have to dip into savings for petrol and milk?
What happens to the money he has left over Bill's? This sounds like financial abuse.

Greenkit Fri 09-Oct-20 22:02:29

I agree with others, financial abuse

Leave him and take more than 50%

Batshittery Fri 09-Oct-20 22:03:36

How much is the allowance that he gives you and what is that used for OP?

Divebar Fri 09-Oct-20 22:04:52

What other money do you have access to? How do you pay for clothes , haircuts, presents etc ?

Mermaidwithoutacause Fri 09-Oct-20 22:06:08

I have access to a monthly sum, it isn’t a lot.
I don’t ask for anymore. I’d sooner sell something or go without.

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mumtoa7yo Fri 09-Oct-20 22:06:28

Why would you think its ok to use a car to get the food shopping instead of walking and carrying the food and baby in your hands, and balancing any additional items on your head?!

P.s Hubby is a knob

averylongtimeago Fri 09-Oct-20 22:07:09

This isn't right. But I guess you know that.
What do you want to do?

Mermaidwithoutacause Fri 09-Oct-20 22:07:42

I just wondered what people thought of what happened in the opening post. I feel a lot of shame around it, it made me feel very squashed. Was it stealing?

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Armyofone Fri 09-Oct-20 22:09:02

No it wasn’t stealing. He’s your husband, your his wife. You’re not a member of staff. This is absolutely corking financial abuse.

Divebar Fri 09-Oct-20 22:09:16

Did you not think it’s odd that you don’t have access to money with your own cards? I consider it exceptionally odd and if a friend disclosed that to me I’d tell her she was being abused

NancyBotwinBloom Fri 09-Oct-20 22:09:41

Is the CMS you would get more than the allowance?

This is blatant financial abuse.

He sounds vile.

You carried his child in your womb for nine months! He's moaning about petrol.

Look into seeing a solicitor and your rights.

Good luck op. Use mumsnet to help you get out. There have been many threads with support and advice to help you leave and get everything ready so you are in the best position.

Armyofone Fri 09-Oct-20 22:09:50

Where’s that big thread about the MNer who was having a terrible time with her husband being like this?

YukoandHiro Fri 09-Oct-20 22:10:26

Of course it wasn't stealing. You're married and share a family and a home. Everything he earns is jointly yours. It's not a "gift"'from him and you are absolutely not taking anything - it's already yours! In fact you should have full access to 100'perncent of everything of his, as he should of yours.

Seriously, as other posters have said look up financial abuse. You're being gaslighted.

mumtoa7yo Fri 09-Oct-20 22:11:54

@Mermaidwithoutacause No its bloody not stealing! The fact that he said that is disgusting.

Honestly i would not do the food shop for the week on the day you usually do it, and when he asks where the food is say "i didnt know if i should choose stealing from you or starving you so i chose starving"

Aquamarine1029 Fri 09-Oct-20 22:13:48

Your marriage is so very dysfunctional. It's like you're the hired help. Awful financial abuse. I would demand for all of the accounts to be joint. His reaction to that will show you just how horrible he is.

MJMG2015 Fri 09-Oct-20 22:15:45

What a wanker he is. You're in an abusive marriage. This is FAR from right & FAR from normal!

You need to look at getting out 🌷

thesix Fri 09-Oct-20 22:18:00

No, absolutely is not stealing!!!!! Please don't think that or get talked into believing that. He's your husband. If you were ever to get divorced (I hope that doesn't ever happen) all assets and finances would be on the table.

I think you need to tell him the monthly amount isn't enough or send him shopping!!! twit.

Mermaidwithoutacause Fri 09-Oct-20 22:20:10

Creaming off the top.
It’s made me feel so embarrassed. I don’t like talking about it. It makes me feel ashamed.

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