DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: I have a dividing-the-bill problem. My two siblings and I are planning a vacation together, along with our families. Weve rented a beach house in Florida for two weeks, and its not cheap. The thing is, one of my brothers can come for only 10 days, and now Rusty says he shouldnt have to pay for the days hes not there.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Im an American living in the U.K. with my boyfriend, and were going to spend Christmas with his family here. The problem is, he has 11 relatives, for whom were each expected to buy presents, and this year the spend limit is $40 per gift (everyone spends close to the limit). This is breaking my budget. What should I do?
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My brother is on an ethics kick. Shane says, for example, that if you go to a store and talk to a clerk about a product you intend to buy online, youre stealing from the store. I can understand that. But he also says that if you let your guests use your Wi-Fi, thats stealing too, and so is letting them use your phone or watch cable TV.
DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My sisters stepchildren are miserable tightwads. Several years ago, my sister Kathleen and her husband, Larry, bought two adjacent cemetery plots. Following Larrys death, they asked my sister to order a headstone for his grave. When she did, she had not only his name, date of birth and date of death engraved on the stone, but her own name and date of birth as well.