The Moneyist: My controlling in-laws gave us $5,000 for a new car — after several arguments I want to pay them back

Dear Moneyist,

My husband and I have been together for nearly 13 years, married for 8 years, and have two children together. Right after we got married, we chose to buy a house we saw potential for fixing up and selling when the market got better. We spent every dime we had, even selling my car to afford the minimum down payment for the house.

About a year later, we found ourselves in a tough a legal/financial situation. My husband’s parents stepped in and “gifted” us $5,000 toward the purchase of a used car. We did not ask for the money, but we willingly accepted the financial help.

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