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Old 08-15-2016, 06:36 PM   #81
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INTJ10 nailed it. Half of America couldn't come up with $400 in an emergency:

Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck? Half Of Americans Couldn't : NPR

Bogles my mind. Kudos to you & your family for helping out.
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:51 PM   #82
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It does boggle the mind, I have no concept of living that "close to the edge"

In 1979 I left my parents home in Detroit for my new life in CA. I had an old car worth $2500 and another twenty five hundred in cash. My net worth was yup, 5 grand.

I never had less than twenty five hundred in cash my whole life. Never.

Amazing.
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Dawg Man , My heart goes out to your BIL and his family . What a terrible accident . I would probably moan about giving money but I would do it because that is what families do in a crisis . I would just hope that the crisis was not a lengthy one .
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It does boggle the mind, I have no concept of living that "close to the edge"

In 1979 I left my parents home in Detroit for my new life in CA. I had an old car worth $2500 and another twenty five hundred in cash. My net worth was yup, 5 grand.

I never had less than twenty five hundred in cash my whole life. Never.

Amazing.


I only have $500 cash now... If I dont sell some stock this week they will shut my power off at the end of the month, or keep the power and starve to death.
Back to subject.... There are 2 obvious answers. The logical ,if not cold sounding, choice, or the heartfelt pangs of wanting to help family in need. The answer isnt so easy when its the actual person having to make the real life call. Good luck, OP!



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Old 08-15-2016, 08:18 PM   #85
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That's your fault you "trader" -

Yes, it's all fun and games and OMG time now, the real fun and the "real" emotion will come when the checks are written. And yes the "writers" get to chime in with whatever "helpful insights" they have as they are the writers eh?

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Old 08-15-2016, 08:39 PM   #86
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Sometimes there can be disagreement among family members on what to do. When one family member wants to offer tough love and another wants to throw money at the problem, some inner family turmoil can spool up very quickly. I hope that is not the case for the OP. Unfortunately, I have some experience with this issue, and it can be very unpleasant.


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It does boggle the mind, I have no concept of living that "close to the edge"

In 1979 I left my parents home in Detroit for my new life in CA. I had an old car worth $2500 and another twenty five hundred in cash. My net worth was yup, 5 grand.

I never had less than twenty five hundred in cash my whole life. Never.

Amazing.
Actually, you stated out with a whole lot more than many of us here (and elsewhere).
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I always had money, always.

Pop's told me when I was very young that "you can make a million a year but if you spend a million a year you ain't never gonna have nothing"

I listened to my Pops -
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You are clearly proud of that.

Not all of us had that option. I started my marriage $40K in debt from medical school. I lived frugally enough to save enough to pay for our wedding, something my parents wouldn't do. DH's musician work dried up a month before our wedding. Worked 80-100 hr per week, making less than minimum wage saving lives, and started work in June; no paycheck until August 1st. DH worked two jobs after the work dried up. We did not have enough money to pay our rent. The car my parents loaned me nearly caught on fire a week after our wedding. We borrowed $1000 from a friend. Our parents would not have offered anything and our asking for help. Paid him off in 6 months. You were fortunate to start your adult life with no debt.

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Hehe, yeah baby! I paid for my wedding too. We got married at the "Chapel of the Fountain" conveniently located right in Circus-Circus, Las Vegas, NV.

One hundred and seventy six dollars complete with chapel and bouquet and boutineer and pictures. I had to pay 5 bucks extra for the audio cassette and tip the minister $20.

But, no debt -
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And now, back on topic......
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A pothole to sleep in? Luxury! You were lucky!

I've stopped trying with anyone my age, I still tell kids/young adults, and accept that most won't remember/listen.
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I've stopped trying with anyone my age, I still tell kids/young adults, and accept that most won't remember/listen.
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O.P. Condolences to your BIL. Medical emergencies can throw a wrench in even the best laid plans.

Mulligan- maybe you should try starting one of those GoFundMe type pages....
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I only have $500 cash now... If I dont sell some stock this week they will shut my power off at the end of the month, or keep the power and starve to death.
Back to subject.... There are 2 obvious answers. The logical ,if not cold sounding, choice, or the heartfelt pangs of wanting to help family in need. The answer isnt so easy when its the actual person having to make the real life call. Good luck, OP!



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A few thoughts rumbling around the rock I call a head.
Some times falling off a cliff is a good thing. I don't know folks like this but my brother is a recovery drug addict (10years clean) and fully admits that he finally decided to get his act together when he fell of his cliff and hit rock bottom. when my dad tossed him out and no other family would bail him out, he found himself sleeping in a garbage bin, that's when his Epiphany.
My brother is going off this same cliff. Not many years ago he was running a great business and had good people in his life. But apparently he spent all his income and kept going full speed with the drinking and drugs. Then he had a serious health crisis, a brain aneurysm. Everyone around him rallied to keep the business going and help him recover. Facing a tricky recovery, he stopped the drugs and drinking for awhile, and was doing really well. But he didn't get back near 100% before picking them up again. Some time after that, he walked away from the business, got on disability, and proceeded to let his addictions erode away the other good parts of his life.

We hadn't seen him for a couple years, but he showed up recently at our house, and it turns out he's homeless now. But instead of seeing where the problem lies, he's blathering on about how it's all mom and dad's fault, and going around to everyone he knows in town looking for sympathy and a place to stay. I hope he really hits bottom this time, but at 58 it may be too late.
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I am with skipro33. BTW what is the 33 for?

I am so sick of hearing "that is what families do". Of course, parents raise children, but just because someone is related to me does not imply a higher duty to them as adults than any other adult who may be in bad shape.

I admit I am sensitive to this issue, my own Brother is a way to the right of Genghis Khan deep thinker who has spent his life hating more or less everyone as his job opportunities kept getting more and more restricted due to his behavior(not political, could have been just as wild on the Left). Now he is nearly 62, marginal employment and just about terminally angry with all the health consequences. I got an impassioned plea for assistance. I recall being in engineering school on a ROTC scholarship and having him laugh at me and call me a sucker. He burnt his bridge.

My BIL (one of three) is simply incompetent regarding finances. Just retired from a University faculty position with a superior pension, plus SS. Nonetheless he is just about completely over the cliff due to having two homes that it now turns out are mortgaged to the hilt, property taxes are a year behind and all the usual other impending disasters. His 30 year long girlfriend relationship ended in her death, she ran the finances and controlled him like a dog on a leash. He has been off leash for three years and spent money like a drunken sailor. So family meeting ensues and "we have to help or he will lose his home". Wife and I look at others and simply get up and walk out. Where is it written that he got to live large, ignore reality and I am to sacrifice for him? Strong language and shaming ensued. Ah yes.

BTW just one point regarding private college education. Depending on the student in question, many private institutions will offer significant scholarships that actually make that private school cheaper than the instate public university.
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The truly amazing thing about this thread is how many of us (nearly all) have had to confront similar family issues. We're currently dealing with an 18 year old, orphaned nephew because his older brother OD'ed, mother drank herself to death after first son's death and the father (the source of all woe to this family) mercifully just died. At least now with father gone, we're hoping we can pick up the broken pieces of this kid's life. Time will tell.

Life is hard. Period. And none of us get through unscathed. Still, some much worse than others...


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