Michelle Singletary writes a financial advice column for the Washington Post. Our New Orleans Advocate runs it a day or two later.
Ten years ago, a fellow wrote Ms. Singletary for advice. He was planning to marry his fiancee of 18 months as soon as they dealt with her spending habits which were clearly out of control. Her closet contained 400 pairs of shoes, many still new, and was overflowing with clothing. She justified her spendthrift ways by saying she works two jobs and looks for bargains.
The man asked Michelle Singletary, “What can I do to help her curb her spending habits without making her feel bad or as though I am putting her down?”
Ms. Singletary urged him to postpone this marriage. They were not close to being ready until this was solved. She suggested pulling credit reports, seeing what that revealed and then finding a credit counselor.
That was ten years ago.
The other day, Michelle Singletary received an email from that guy telling her what happened. The news is not good.
He did none of the things Ms. Singletary had suggested.