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Frugal reader steals to save money

DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 25-year-old living in an expensive city in the United States. I’ve always been frugal, but lately, this mindset has led me down a troubling path. I’ve found myself giving in to the temptation to steal items from stores rather than purchase them. At first, it seemed like a harmless way…

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Woman yearns for appreciation in relationship

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m a 30-year-old woman who’s fallen hard for a man I feel doesn’t truly love me. I’ve been with my partner for five years now, and while I love him dearly, I can’t shake the feeling that he doesn’t appreciate everything I do for us as a couple. I find myself going above…

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Attempted theft of ring threatens friendship

DEAR HARRIETTE: This week, I invited one of my friends over to my apartment to have dinner. We were having a great time. As the night came to an end and she was walking out, I spotted a ring on her finger that looked familiar. I told her that I have a ring that looks…

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Pet owner devastated to make heartbreaking decision

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m feeling so lost and alone. My dog Georgie and I are inseparable, having grown up side by side and having created so many cherished memories together. Lately, he’s been really sick, and the vet mentioned that it might be kinder to let him go peacefully to end his suffering. I just can’t…

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Sporadic worker stops paying taxes

DEAR HARRIETTE: I feel stuck, and I am not sure what to do. I have worked on and off for a few years now after having had a good job for decades. After my work situation changed, I stopped doing everything, including my taxes. I know today is Tax Day, but I have done absolutely…

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Mom wants to connect with both twin daughters

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m a mother to 12-year-old twin daughters. While they share the same birthday and many similarities, their personalities couldn’t be more different. One of my daughters seems to be a mirror image of myself when I was her age. We share the same interests, hobbies and even mannerisms; as a result, we have…

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Woman’s negativity drains friend

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m seeking guidance on how to handle a challenging situation with a close friend. Lately, I’ve noticed that my friend has become consistently negative and draining to be around. It feels like every conversation turns into a litany of complaints or pessimistic outlooks on life. I understand that right now the world is…

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Partners lack of ambition threatens relationship

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have deep feelings for my partner of five years, but since I gained more financial stability, I’ve noticed a shift in his behavior. He seems to have become complacent, no longer making efforts to contribute financially or surprise me as he did in the past. I find myself shouldering the responsibility for…

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Friend considers dropping negative woman

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have regarded an individual as a close friend since our elementary school days. However, it has come to my attention that her negative demeanor has led to others disliking her. Despite my unwavering defense of her in the past, I now find myself pondering the appropriateness of maintaining this friendship. After all…

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Recent grad looks for advice on interviewing

DEAR HARRIETTE: As a recent graduate student, the prospect of applying for jobs fills me with a great deal of anxiety, especially because of my struggles with stage fright and a tendency to stutter when faced with questions. These challenges have left me feeling uncertain about how to navigate the job application process effectively and…

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