That being said, let's see if this part of the pity party is a re-rerun or not.
It's not especially whiny but it does have John being a patronizing clod who doesn't understand Elly at all.
Panel 1: We start off with him asking Elly what the jar full of change he's holding is for.
Panel 2: She, er, well, explains that she saves some of the change from the groceries so she can, oh, spend it on, um, things she needs.
Panel 3: Not realizing that she's probably talking about feminine protection, a confused John points out that he'll give her the money for whatever she needs when she needs it; all she needs to do is ask and he'll deliver. It never occurred to him that he's basically declared that since she has a uterus, she should have to bother her pretty little head with things like money.
Panel 4: He's still baffled by her declaration that she feels by doing it her way, she's earned it. This is because he doesn't understand that what Elly does has real economic value; if he paid a maid to do what she did, he'd have to shell out real money instead of the laughable sum he hands Elly.
Summary: John means well but he can't wrap his head around the fact that this ain't 1957 any more; Elly has to at least make a token effort at having a job or else she'll end up being accused of being a throwback. He also doesn't realize that she deserves to not be infantilized by a dough-head.