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DearSugar Needs Your Help: Am I Being a Scrooge?

DearSugar and Dumbfounded Debbie need your help. Knowing that times are tough for most, she was shocked when she received an outlandish Christmas list from her sister. They are struggling themselves and had to ask for financial help, yet they're continuing to ask for more. What would you do if you were in her shoes?

Dear Sugar,

The economy is hitting everyone hard, but I don’t know what to make of this situation. My sister and her husband have been struggling for the past few years, and their finances got so bad that they considered filing for bankruptcy. Instead, they sent a humble email to their family asking for help with their bills. That’s kept them afloat, but in the meantime, my work hours have been cut in half, so money’s really tight. You can imagine how I felt when my sister emailed the family a list of expensive presents that she, her husband, and their two kids want for Christmas — a retro Kitchen-Aid blender is just one example. What’s more, she followed up the next week to find out what everyone planned to buy, so that “we don’t get duplicates from other family members”!

I don’t mean to be a Scrooge, but that takes some nerve! I’m not buying anything from the list — the money just isn’t there — but what do I say to my sister? — Dumbfounded Debbie


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