So, we're planning a quick trip up to Sandy/Draper (Utah) on the eighth of May, for my grandma's 92nd birthday party. We're taking both of our vehicles because we don't have a minivan and it's just too pricey to rent one for the trip. Well, Jon needed to go and get the oil changed in his car, and of course, while there they let him know he needs a couple belts changed. (he double checked himself, and yeah, it's true). So, he went to get that taken care of. We don't want to risk it for the trip. Nice chunk of change, $200+. Should have just rented the van, but too late now. So, while he's there, his mom calls and he tells her about it. SO, she says she'll send us half the money it takes to rent a van, and we should do that instead, because it'll be less wear and tear on the cars, and safer for all of us to drive up together and yada, yada, yada. AY!!!
I love my mother in law. She's really pretty awesome, raised a terrific boy, is good to me. But, we're not going to do this. She is very opinionated sometimes, and is not scared to let us know what she thinks we should do. I really do appreciate her offer, but we just shelled out $240 to get his car repaired, we can't really afford the other half of the money we would need to rent the van.
I told Jon that she can send the money, and we'll do what we're planning on doing anyway, and then we'll send her back the money for her birthday present. LOL (just kidding)
How do you handle your mother in law when she's just trying to be helpful?