(Strip Number 129, Original Publication Date, 14 April 1981)
Panel 1: A wild-eyed Elly makes that ridiculous palms-out gesture while saying "I don't believe it!! I go without a twenty dollar can opener to save a few dollars..."
Panel 2: She points her finger in the air and narrows her eyes as she yells "And who spends a FORTUNE on something we don't need?!"
Panel 3: She follows that by walking away from him, waving her arms in the air and yelling "What's the point of trying to be frugal? Why budget? Why?"
Panel 4: As she continues her angry, irrational, hypocritical tirade, John thought-bubbles "Who said to be born was to suffer?"
Summary: What he should have said is that he had no idea that he had forbade her from buying the electric can-opener. He also should have reminded her that she can't even balance her own checkbook so if anyone is going to be talking about being careful with money, it's him.