I have relatives who are a small family and by their own description, drowning in debt.
Wifey is planning to take a 10-day trip to Europe and 2;5 weeks in China this summer. It turns out the Europe trip depends entirely on my handing over $5K for those expenses and others. Did I mention? she has a bad back and needs surgery,
Hubby is taking a trip to Florida, paid for by his brother.
Wifey has told me it was “me, or banruptcy.”
This $5K is also covering their electric bill, gas bill, vet bill, and a new lawn mower because genius hubby didn’t top off the oil in the old lawn mower. The money is also to cover the last three months of Catholic school tuition for Sonny.
With this $5 K, I’ve given them over $50 K in the last several years, and I’m retired and living mostly on SS. I have serious chronic illnesses. Wifey’s father and mother, and Hubby’s father and mother, won’t give them big chunkcs of money.
The question is, HOW do I tell them “no more?”