My wife wants to pay for her financially reckless sister’s wedding. She told me I was selfish when I refused

Dear Quentin,

My sister-in-law has never been good with money. She has a decent job, but for the 10 years I have been with my wife, she has always been broke. Anytime we see her, we cover her costs for things. We have even given her cash when she needed help with no expectation to be paid back. 

At Christmas, when we do a joint gift for my in-laws, my wife’s sister did not pay her part many times throughout the years. Now my sister-in-law is getting married and my wife is the maid of honor. Last weekend, they checked

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To pay with credit, cash, HELOC or other?

Tanisha A. Sykes

Donald Olhausen Jr., a 34-year-old real estate flipper in San Diego, did a major home remodeling project on his 2,200-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in 2018.

“We completely renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, replaced carpet, upgraded electrical and plumbing fixtures, and did carpentry work on the interior and exterior of the house,” says Olhausen. “We also added sod and new fencing to the front yard to help with curb appeal.”

The project was quite an undertaking, but more than worth it for Olhausen and his wife, Gabrielle, 25. To pay for the renovation, Olhausen, who was sole owner of

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