Ask Amy: She buys fancy art, but won’t spend on necessities

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: I am the oldest of three sisters. I’ve worked hard all my life, pursued my career, saved my money and had a second marriage to a successful man.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

My youngest sister married a physician; their family is also financially stable.

Now the problem: Our middle sister married and had three great children.

However, she and her husband got a divorce, and he was sporadic in his child support payments. She has always struggled to make ends meet.

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We are all in our 60s now and her kids are out of the house, but she still struggles with finances, because she wasn’t able to accumulate a nest egg.

My sister’s 25-year-old dryer died. She was hanging clothes everywhere to dry them.

I could easily help her, but she is not frugal like I have been. She gets Botox, buys artwork and jewelry, and in general makes poor choices.

I think I would feel resentful if I gave her the money to buy a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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