Stay-at-home mum slammed for asking husband to pay her $5000 salary

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NZ Herald,
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Thursday, 23 May 2019, 1:29PM
The mum wants to be paid a salary to spend on clothes, eating out and seeing friends. (Photo / Getty)
The mum wants to be paid a salary to spend on clothes, eating out and seeing friends. (Photo / Getty)

A stay-at-home mum has been slammed for asking her husband to pay her a monthly "salary".

The American mum took to Reddit to share her frustrations over having "no power" over their finances since the birth of their child 18 months ago.

"My husband earns good money but he's very frugal about non-essential spending because he wants to be financially independent (no job, earnings from investments) at an early age," she wrote.

"Granted he was like this when I met him but I also had my own salary at the time to do what I wanted."

A stay-at-home mum has been slammed for asking her husband to pay her a monthly "salary".

The American mum took to Reddit to share her frustrations over having "no power" over their finances since the birth of their child 18 months ago.

"My husband earns good money but he's very frugal about non-essential spending because he wants to be financially independent (no job, earnings from investments) at an early age," she wrote.

"Granted he was like this when I met him but I also had my own salary at the time to do what I wanted."

"Would I be the a***** to suggest a similar arrangement with my husband so I don't need to go grovelling for money every time I want to buy myself something non-essential?" she asked.

Some readers agreed she should be entitled to some sort of salary for being a stay-at-home mum.

"She's sacrificing too: job prospects, independence, security, personal retirement, so he can have the life he wants," wrote one user.

"Having conversations about those purchases is reasonable, but it sounds like she essentially has to ask permission, which clearly gives the relationship an uneven power dynamic," wrote another.

Others slammed her for being greedy.

"I think more than anything, that's too much to ask for. You're basically asking for a stay-at-home nanny's entire salary as play money. That's absurd unless you're very wealthy," one user wrote.

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