Money Manners

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 1:59 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A few years ago, my cousin "Tom" bought 20 acres with the intention of building a house on it. Shortly after that, he let me know about a piece of property adjoining his, property that was being foreclosed on and that I was able to acquire for a very good price. Since then, Tom has built a house on his land, and he and his family now live there. But I've come to realize that country life isn't for me, especially since the woman I recently married thinks that anyplace lacking a Saks and a Bloomingdale's is by definition uncivilized.

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