She Left Her Husband at Home for a Week Because of How He Buys Groceries. Did She Go Too Far?

I don’t like how you buy groceries!

Well, I can’t say I’ve ever heard that one before

But that’s the beauty of Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page!

You never know what you’re gonna get!

So read on and see if you think this woman was out of line or if she was justified in what she did.

AITA for leaving my husband at home, while I spend the week at my brothers, because of how he “buys” groceries?

“I’ve been in a committed relationship with my husband for 17 years, and overall, things have been great.

We’ve had a few rough patches, but what’s important to note is that while he earns more than me and is considered the main provider, I have a substantial trust fund that ensures we’re financially stable. I work part-time as a teacher while attending university, earning less than him, and most of my income goes towards tuition. Our household income exceeds $200k annually, while the average in our area is below $50k.

One ongoing issue we have is my husband’s frugality. He likes to control my spending and have the final say on how he uses his earnings. It’s worth mentioning that I’ve never used any of his income and have no intention to do so.

However, the main point of contention between us is his frequent visits to food banks. Despite having more than enough food at home, he insists on going to food banks to save money. He intentionally looks disheveled and uses our beat-up car to blend in, even though he’s never experienced food scarcity.

I’ve explained to him the need for food donations in our community, even showing him social media posts from local food banks, but he remains indifferent. I suggested he volunteer or donate to gain firsthand experience, but he refuses. The unfortunate part is that since we’re never short on food, most of what he brings home ends up getting thrown away.

Today, I discovered our fridge filled with fresh produce and meat that clearly didn’t come from our regular grocery store. When I confronted him, he admitted to going to a food bank after seeing a Facebook post about a donation of fresh food.

People on social media were already asking if any was left, and there wasn’t. I showed him these comments, but he brushed them off, claiming people should have gone earlier. Exhausted by the situation, I packed a bag and went to stay with my brother for the weekend, asking for space to think things over.

My husband accuses me of overreacting, being vindictive, and threatens to go back to the food banks regardless of my feelings. His family is also messaging me, calling me an a**hole and urging me to stop interfering with his choices. I turned off my phone, but now they’re bombarding my brother with messages. Thankfully, he supports my decision and ignores them.

All I want is to enjoy the rest of my week without being angry at my husband. Yes, I could let this go and not scold him, but the food he takes could have gone to people who truly need it.

I’m not leaving my husband, but I need a few days away to gain some clarity. Am I wrong for wanting this space?”

And here’s how people reacted on Reddit.

One reader said she’s NTA and that her husband’s behavior is unhinged.

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Another person had an idea of what might be going on here.

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And this individual thinks that maybe her husband is just greedy…

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