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Due to the soaring costs of even the most essential items, many families find themselves in a tough financial situation. As a result, one mom has decided to cut back on unnecessary expenses and is now refusing to purchase anything beyond the essentials. While her kids may not be thrilled about it, this budget-conscious decision brings much-needed relief to her financial situation.
Frugal with Food
The original poster (OP) told Reddit about her two live-at-home college-age children that work minimum-wage jobs. They are also waiting to receive their grandparents’ inheritance at age 25. OP said it’s enough money for them to live off of for the rest of their life if they choose to live frugally.
The ex-wife/mother of the children lives in a different state, and the eldest sibling of the 3 recently moved out; she (eldest sibling) did all the shopping and cooking before moving out. OP went on to say that he tried moving the middle sibling into the role of grocery shopper & food preparer, similar to what the eldest sibling was doing but went on to say that the middle and youngest sibling spent all the grocery money on delivery over the course of two days.
No More Money
OP was upset over this and refused to give them any more money for food and told them they’d have to spend their own money on the food they wanted. She (OP) now only purchases basic groceries for the house, items such as milk, bread, eggs, cheese, etc.
OP went on to say that her ex-wife, eldest sibling, and she have tried to teach the two youngest how to cook, but they refuse to learn. OP also said if they went to college, she would pay for a meal plan for them. They refused and said they like their life as is, minus the food situation.
The Masses Weigh In
Redditors had a ball with this one!
One user said, “NTA. I thought you were depriving small kids of food and was ready to blast you. You seem to be describing two young adults who have graduated from high school and have failed to launch. They seem to be running out the clock on the inheritance. Yeah they can learn to cook or eat ramen then.”
Another Redditor was quick to say “My boyfriends middle schooler can cook a whole meals like chicken, pasta, quesadillas, and easy baked goods like cookies or brownies from scratch. This is honestly sad.”
Many users also agreed “Physically adults, at least. Mentally, they sound like middle school students.”