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Mum Stunned After Grandma Sends Hefty Bill For Granddaughter’s Visit


Spending time with Grandma is precious… but is it priceless?

Apparently not! One mum was left horrified and “hurt” (not to mention, broke!) when her own mother sent a $475.50 bill for costs incurred after spending time with her granddaughter.

The $475.50 bill (yes, 50 cents was included on the invoice) included an itemised list of things such as petrol to and from the airport, admission to a museum and transportation into the city.

Burned by Grandma

The mum vented her frustrations through The Washington Post’s Ask Amy advice segment. Using the name, Burned by Grandma, the mum explains, “I sent a check for $300 to my mother to cover my daughter’s expenses during her visit. Upon my daughter’s return, my mother sent me an invoice for $475.50 (that’s about $600 in Australian dollars!) for additional expenses.”

Obviously hurt and angry, the mum admits, “I don’t trust her to spend time with my daughter because it is just too costly for me (financially and emotionally).”

Oh, but it gets better! Because, as the mum explains, this unexpected bill arrived soon after Grandma stayed with the family for four months and didn’t pay for a thing.

‘We paid for everything, including a nice vacation to an island over Christmas,” Burned by Grandma writes.

The mum admits that Grandma is known for her Scrooge-like tendencies, with the rest of the family staying away due to her stinginess.

What’s the deal, Grandma?

What does Amy say the burned mum should do with her penny-pinching relative?

Amy suggests that it’s time to have “the talk” with Grandma. Grandma obviously has a problem sticking to the budget. Oh, and one with picking up the phone to ask permission to spend $500 extra on trips into the city.  Amy also mentions that this itemised list may be her “passive aggressive way of telling you she doesn’t actually want to host your daughter”.

Burned by Grandma, indeed.

As Amy explains, it’s time for mum to “to decide whether this relationship between grandmother and granddaughter is one you can afford to foster”

Family. You gotta love them. Or at least put up with them (even if they are complete tight arses). What would you do if you received an invoice like this?

Burned by Grandma isn’t the only one who has received an unexpected invoice. Check out our article on 5 -Year-Old Alex Nash Billed For Not Turning Up at Birthday Party. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.


  1. Avatar of Susan

    Outrageous for a grandmother to send a invoice of cost for being with the grandchild. She should be great full having time with the grandchild some parents don’t get the joy of having time with grand children she is money hungry out to make money at family expense.

    • Avatar of Tori

      Mum should of gave granny some money and said this is my child’s budget. Don’t go over. I always supply things for my child when some one minds him. But not everything granny asked pay back was fare at all. She was known to be a stooge to other family members so y would she be shocked now

  2. Avatar of emma

    This grandma shouldn’t have said yes to looking after the child and the mother shouldn’t have let her child spend time with her grandchild.

    • Avatar of Blossom

      It says in the article that the Mum initially sent a cheque for $300.00 to covers expenses during the visit.
      It doesn’t say how old the granddaughter is. When her daughter got back home was when she received an account.
      The Mum probably didn’t think of saying that $300.00 was the budget

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