To start off my rant, I'd like to inform everyone of a few facts. I currently share a home with my mother, father, younger brother three dogs, and one cat. My father is currently the only one with a regular income (He works as a custodian at a hospital, and he receives a monthly disability fund) , although my younger brother receives tips from his work, occasionally. We just received our tax refund less than five days ago, with a value of 4700$ . My mother is missing a tooth, and desires a dental bridge, confirming that required funds for the operation would amount to 4000$ - post insurance coverage (Why so expensive?! :sad: ) . My mother proposed we use our tax refund to supply the cost. What?!?! That's over 80% of our tax refund (Having spent some of the money, we can't even cover the full cost with the tax refund now) !! I'm sorry that your missing tooth bothers you, but it's not causing you any pain! It may look rather silly, but have to bear with it for you - please re-think your priorities! For some reason, even my father agrees (Aside from recent times, they are usually not on good terms) . I tried telling my mother that we need to save some of the money for when we cannot afford food otherwise. She then trivializes our past hardships by saying : "We shouldn't have to spend our tax refund on food. I don't want to make the same mistake we made last year." Would you rather deal with the anxiety and stress of not having money when needed? This home only houses one breadwinner, sometimes, that just isn't enough to support four humans and three animals. Not only would we have to go back living off low provisions, I 'd feel kind of left out if she performed the surgery. Just recently, my brother received a root canal operation (Total cost ; 500$ - post insurance) , to remedy a problem that was actually causing him PAIN, my mother plans to undergo a dental operation for aesthetics? I have 12 cavities, and level 2 gingivitis, what does that leave me? When my mother and father informed of the plan yesterday, I threw a verbal fit of sorts, voicing my disapproval. My father then went on to say to all I do is complain, without any intent of improving the way things are now. He also said that I've wasted a lot of money in the past, for unnecessary personal desires (Most, if not all, of what he said about me was true) . I'm going to try ask my mom to save some money for the operation 1,000 - 1,500$ or so) , and not perform it now. I would to live without the fear of having no money for awhile, if only temporary. If she blindly spends the money like that, I'm not sure if I can prevent myself from doing something stupid.. Honestly, I, along with with my family would be much better if I just croaked.... I can die in my sleep, or someone else can take my life, but I promised myself I wouldn't take my own... Am I just stubborn? A complete fool? A selfish pig, perhaps? Anyways..... thank you for reading. I appreciate it.