Not wanting their aide, I tried to turn the money away. Though, when your step-mother shoves $250 (they wanted to pay for the cell phone I replaced) in your pocket in a public place, it's hard to try to give it back to her w/o flashing mad cash. In other words, I took the money. Part of me thinks it's not worth fighting them any more on this issue. I'ts not like they're doing it because they think I'm a failure, they're doing it because they want to and they have the means to do it. As someone at work mentioned, to them, 250 bucks is probably the same as $20 to the average person.
They also wanted to buy me stuff and kept saying "do you like this?" to clothes and things like that. I caved when it came to CDs though, and got some new music. Oh, and I got Korean food too.
The most surprising thing though was while in the past, I usually wanted the things they offered, my mindset has shifted while I've been doing AmeriCorps, and all the nice clothes and things they offered, I saw as extravagent. I have plenty of clothes, so the new clothes, while they look nice, were just over the top. Same thing when we went out to dinner - while the food was excellent, I was thinking it was too much, almost decadent.
Interestingly enough though, when I looked at the check, and saw that it had cost us around 35-40 bucks a head for dinner, I thought "that's not a bad price for what we had . . . "