Season 2, Episode 8
“No More Emergency Fund”
Mounting costs threaten to deplete the family's emergency fund. Worried Laura considers selling her wedding ring at a Gold Party. Todd is angered that Laura would even consider selling her ring.
Laura is invited to a gold party, where you can sell your jewelry for cash but she worries she has nothing to sell. With the triplets turning 16, Laura and Todd attempt to teach them to drive. Whitney's insecurities make it difficult for her parents to teach her. Whitney feels like she can't do anything right when Laura corrects her and this escalates into a fight. To make matters worse the transmission on the van gives out while they are driving home. Back at the house Laura tells Todd not only the problems with the van but also that they need to get Whitney driving lessons. Todd tells Laura the fix to the van maybe a few thousand dollars so driving lessons have to wait. Meanwhile Bailey confesses to her sisters she has a new crush at school. Whitney expresses her concern that Bailey tends to like boys that don't treat girls well.
Laura takes Danielle to the orthodontist and he recommends for Danielle to get braces soon. Laura stressed about braces, car repairs and driving school decides to talk to Todd about selling her wedding ring to help with some of the expenses. Todd initially does not want to hear it and tells her she's acting like a damn fool. Laura feels like Todd didn't give the conversation a chance and brings it up again. Todd again shuts her down. But with the gold party coming up Laura isn't ready to give up on the opportunity to make extra cash.
Bailey goes out on her first date with the boy she likes at school, and Todd doesn't get the best first impression of him.
Todd arranges to barter for Danielle's braces and Laura sells enough old jewelry to almost cover driving school so it seems the family's financial situation is improving. Until Todd gets swindle by a transmission company and that ends up costing the family thousands of dollars. With the van out of commission and needing a vehicle for work Todd spends the rest of the emergency fund on a truck. Laura is shocked that Todd bought the truck without telling her.
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