A Reddit user shares his story of spending $5,000 to start a snowplow business without consulting his wife.
Everyone Likes Extra Cash
The original poster (OP) wanted to make extra money by plowing people’s driveways during the winter. And he has plenty of free time in the winter and can always use the extra cash.
In his area, it snows for about four months out of the year and frequently snows heavily. And based on OP’s calculation, he believes he can make a sizable profit.
So, without consulting with his wife, he decided to make it official and start snowplowing business. He spent $2,000 on a snowplow attachment for his truck. And he spent an additional $3,000 on flyers and ads to market his business.
When OP’s wife found out, she was furious for spending that money and especially not talking about it with her. However, OP says he was able to calm her down and explain his calculations to her. And, once she understood they could make a profit, OP said she was less mad.
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Everyone Is On The Spouse’s Side
Most Reddit users say OP is wrong for spending $5,000 without consulting with his wife. One reader asked how OP would feel if his wife spent the same amount talking to him.
Other users point out that it’s not about money but rather trust. According to Reddit users, they say anyone can make up calculations to justify their argument. But, if the business fails, he will lose his wife’s trust, and she will have something to hold against him because she didn’t give him her support at the beginning.
Lastly, another user shares that communication with one’s spouse is critical to a successful marriage. And talking about finances should be the highest priority.
Is OP wrong for spending $5,000 without talking to his wife? What will happen to their relationship if the business does not work out? Have you ever considered starting a small business to make extra money?