Archive for August 26, 2011

How Do You Handle Money Matters With Your Significant Other?

Different aspects of life tend to frustrate my husband and I at different levels. Take our refrigerator as an example. For the past year or two our fridge has been leaking water just above the deli drawer. The problem only seems to occur in the summertime and we only notice it during particularly hot months.



We tried removing the contents from the fridge and allowing it to defrost over a matter of days, (which was recommended by a number of people and websites), but it didn’t seem to resolve the issue. When our quick fix solution didn’t work I placed a small sponge on the top shelf to soak up any water that dripped. At the end of each day I would simply ring out the sponge and then place it back inside.


Recently I noticed that it would be easier to place a very small bowl, (like the ones you get at diners when you order coleslaw), inside the fridge at the very spot where the water drips. Rather than ringing out a sponge I now simply dump the water out of the bowl each night.


In my mind the problem is solved. It’s not an ideal situation, but collecting the water this way ensures that the other contents inside the fridge won’t get wet and soggy. It’s a quick solution that doesn’t cost us any money or additional effort. The problem is that my husband is less than thrilled with this workaround.


He would prefer to replace the fridge with a new one. Lucky for me and my frugal ways, we can’t easily replace the old appliance, because the cabinet above it was installed within millimeters of the top of the current one. The appliance is quite old and new refrigerators are now built taller, which means to replace the fridge we would also have to pay someone to replace the cabinet.


At the heart of the debate is not just the money we need to spend on replacing the fridge and fixing the cabinet, but also the fact that everything else works appropriately. The ice maker works, the freezer stays cold and we’ve never had any other problems or issues other than this tiny drip, so I can’t bear to spend good money on an appliance that’s currently working.


So what do you do when you and your significant other don’t agree on how to resolve a money related issue? Do you discuss the pros and cons and compromise with the individual who feels more strongly about the problem?


So far I’ve been winning this debate. I’ve convinced my husband that it’s not worth replacing a working fridge and cabinet just because the refrigerator is dripping, but at the end of the day I’m not certain how long he’ll go along with my decision. Every time he reaches into that fridge and has to move the tiny bowl filled with water I can sense the agitation growing inside of him.


I’ve thought about calling a repairman, but I’m not sure that tiny little drip is worth the cost of repairs. I’m not bothered by the leak or the fact that I have a tiny little bowl inside the fridge collecting water. Still knowing that my husband is so bothered by the issue, should I hire someone to investigate the problem?

August 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM 6 comments


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