A few months ago, I paid the $1,500 rent on the house where my family and I lived. My siblings and I are in college and we work part time jobs to get by.
My father could not afford to pay the rent because he lost most of his money in bad investments. Before moving to another country to live with his mother, he sold the last of his assets and gave the proceeds to us for our expenses ($18,000). He promised to send additional money to help out but I do not trust that he will do so in some vague amount of time. Since he moved, the four of us now live in an apartment on a very small budget.
I do not want to take money out of the account since I worry that the $18,000 will have to be stretched in order to last awhile to support us. But I think I deserve to be paid back.
Do I pay myself back from this pool of money for the paying the $1,500 rent on our old house? I work a part time minimum wage job and I had planned on using this money to pay off my credit card debt.
Do I wait an unknown amount of time to pay myself back in case my father does keep his word and send us money (which I am skeptical about)?
Are there any other options?