Figuring out a short-term solution to a long-term problem



I received a message from a connection on social media about situation where his wife no longer wants to work. Matt, upon receiving a response from me, went on to share more of the story. He and Shelly were engaged to be married in July 2012. Shelly lost her job just before their wedding in October 2012. Despite their financial situation becoming a little more stressed, the couple went ahead with the wedding in front of about 100 family members and friends.

Matt and Shelly had a conversation prior to the wedding in which they both acknowledged the need to increase their household income. However, after the wedding took place, Shelly told Matt she would prefer to stay at home with their 2-year old daughter instead of looking for another job. Shelly’s profession blew Matt away and they have had ongoing, heated discussions about the situation ever since.

Matt works as an IT Support Analyst in Atlanta, where he makes $75,000 per year. This amount is allows them to stay afloat, but the couple is no longer able to save any money or do any extracurricular activities. Matt desires to take care of his family, but it becoming a little frustrated because he’s unable to progress at the pace he originally planned.

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