I have a small Family of 3. Last year it cost me over $500.00 to attend a convention. That is gas, food and Hotel. I have no idea how much was contributed at the convention because I let my wife handle it. I had to lose a paid vacation day as well. Also, because of working at one DC, I went to another to get the " spiritual food " I missed. How much was conributed at that DC? I have no idea.
The good news is that I have a more hands on approach to contributions now. I volunteer to " take care of it ". I am interested to see what are next accounts report says. They just lost another $60 bucks last week. I may be trapped for now, but that doesn't mean they are getting my money. They already have free use of one of my vehicles that my wife takes in service. It costs about $70 to fill up, plus wear and tear. if it breaks down is the WTBTS going to help defray the costs so that my wife can have a service vehicle? I highly doubt that any of the friends give my wife gas money. So far I am saving quite a bit of money by " taking care of it " as the spiritual head of the house.
If they WTBTS tries to do the tithing thing or pressures a direct deposit method, or sets up a card swiper in the KH, then I will have to make a public stand. Until then the fade continues. Any Fading JW wives who are reading this and have control over the contributions, stop contributing. YHWH does not need your money, your family and your needy neighbors do.