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I wrote, I've told her my projections. But she still refuses to budget. She might have to sell her house when that happens and move in one of the kids.

To which you replied, Why does selling the house automatically mean move in with the kids? How about buying a less expensive house? Or a condo?

I think you are overestimating my mother. You assume she is making responsible financial decisions. If you knew how much she was spending and what she was and wasn't spending it on, you probably wouldn't ask this.

Honestly I don't know that she will even be able to sell the house. With the condition its in, the fact that my little brother is basically using it as a huge storeroom and that she will probably not have the financial ability to fix the place up by the time she realizes she must. I actually suspect the tax man will ultimately take the place from her.

I have tried to help, but I've given up. I've decided I was just enabling her and it became clear that it wasn't really appreciated. Fortunately everyone in the family loves her so it shouldn't be too hard for her to find accommodations once she's thrown everything but her social security income away. It's just a shame to see her squandering their life's savings.

- Joel
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