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A little spending today but not much

October 3rd, 2007 at 06:11 pm

I cleaned my mother's house today and she insisted on giving me money. I tell her taking money from the woman who cleaned me and my room and raised me and fed me and clothed me just seems wrong on so many levels but she insisted and wouldn't take no for an answer. So, I finally talked her down to $25. I had a minor errand to run when I was finished cleaning her house and spent $10 of what she gave me so I still have $15.

$5 goes to savings and $10 goes into the 'bill envelope'.

Tomorrow I have another house to clean, but not for family. I should make about $60 and it all goes towards bills.

3 Responses to “A little spending today but not much”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    My mother "pays" me too. From a joint account, which makes it truly odd. The money isn't mine, but my name is on the account, just in case, so we aren't caught with something happening to her and me not being able to access funds for her or her care.

    So, I get a check with my name on it, and I sign it..... I have such a hard time with this. I do feel like I'm earning the money on some level.......but it is my mother for heavens sake and I'm able to do these things she can't. But, taking the check to the bank is really weird.

  2. JanH Says:

    Maybe you can put some of the money away in an envelope to buy something for her that she needs down the road. Then you will be returning her money to her without her knowing it.

  3. denisentexas Says:

    Ahh, why do they insist on paying us to do things we should do, anyway? I just really have a hard time with it as I love her dearly and she is always there for me. I'm blessed to have a mother like her and it irks me when she has a hissy to pay me! I know what you mean, contrary1, about feeling weird about it. Really, paying me to clean her house? It's just too strange to me.

    Jan, I hadn't thought of that but that's an excellent idea and I think I'll start doing that. Thanks for the great suggestion!

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