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My husband of almost seven years is an alcoholic. In a one-year time period, he threw me and my daughters (his steps) out of the house three times. The final time was eight months ago. Every time we...

 

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o. Four years ago, I met a wonderful guy. Unfortunately, our career paths took us to two separate continents. We have been "together" off and on for the last four years, but physically with each other...

 

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After the COVID-19 outbreak, Brent Norgaard cancels his trip to the U.K. But why is his travel agency keeping the money for his BritRail passes? Last year, I bought a BritRail eight-day pass through...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

Kitchens are especially important for smart home features because there are some quite major things that can easily go wrong if you are not completely on the ball. For example, the stove being left...

 

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Five years ago, I started dating a guy, and after a month he revealed he was married with two children. He said he was unhappy and planned on leaving. Being young and foolish, I stayed with him for a...

 

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Ticketmaster still owes Matthew Gerstman a $2,031 refund for a canceled Taylor Swift concert. A year later, he is seeing red. I had three tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Inglewood, Calif., in...

 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

The problem Once or twice a month I leave the stove on after fixing breakfast. Most of the time I realize that I have left the stove on but it may be an hour or two after breakfast. I worry about...

 

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Cornelia Spiegel asks for and receives a refund for a coat from Saks.com. Then the company charges her for it again. Can she get her money back? Q: I bought a coat from Saks.com last fall. I returned the item, Saks.com confirmed the return and...

 

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When Anita Alexander's tour operator cancels her trip to Spain and Morocco, she wants a refund. But the company wants her to accept a credit. Who's right? A group of friends and I booked a tour to...

 

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I identify as a self-sufficient, dependent person. I consider myself a beautiful woman, not in a conceited way, but I've been told this my entire life. I am an empath. I've dedicated my life to...

 

Boy Friend or Boyfriend?

I have a distant cousin who is a year older. We used to play together as children. Five or six years back, I visited her family during the holidays. I was happy to see her. We talked for a while,...

 

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My husband and I have tickets to see a Ron White show in Minneapolis. We bought the tickets through Ticketmaster. The event has been rescheduled twice because of COVID-19. When we bought the tickets in early 2020, the event was in April 2020, then...

 

Hostage Situation

My husband applied for a job behind my back and accepted the job without my consent. He convinced me, if I came with him, it would only be for a year. He moved my son and me from sunny Southern...

 

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I am a divorced father of a 16-year-old son and a 21-year-old son. I have been divorced 18 months and separated for a year prior to the divorce becoming final. My ex-wife is a recovering alcoholic and...

 

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What advice would you have for a retired couple who twice came to the financial aid of their adult son? The first time he was laid off and unable to make payments. The second time he racked up...

 

Direct Answers - July 29

I need some help with my girlfriend. We are in a huge fight right now, I guess because of money. It all started last year. I came out to my mom, and she kicked me out of her house. My girlfriend...

 

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My girlfriend Jessie and I were together four years. Recently, she went on a two-week family holiday. During those two weeks, I went for a night out with my work colleagues. I got extremely drunk and...

 

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I am a 36-year-old woman. I purchased a home with my husband five years ago. Shortly after, things went downhill, just like my first marriage. He didn't pay attention to me, I was lonely, and I felt...

 

TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER - July 1

Daniel Quinn-Shea's airlines cancel his flights to Lisbon during the pandemic. But Ovago, his online agency, is taking its time with a refund. Q: I booked four airline tickets from Seattle to Lisbon from Ovago, an online travel agency in December...

 

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I've never tried this before, but what the hell. A few years ago my husband of 10 years left me out of the blue. It was awful for my sons and me, though it was not a happy marriage. He was verbally...

 

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Daniel Quinn-Shea’s airlines cancel his flights to Lisbon during the pandemic. But Ovago, his online agency, is taking its time with a refund. Q: I booked four airline tickets from Seattle to Lisbon from Ovago, an online travel agency in December...

 

More Than Cold Feet

I have fallen in love with a wonderful and engaging woman. In the course of our dating, I see this woman in my future and am having thoughts of asking her to marry me. However, I have learned that...

 

Problem Solved - June 10

I canceled my Sears layaway order. Where's my refund? When Aaron Lasenyik cancels his Sears appliance layaway order, the company stalls on a refund. How can he get his money back? Q: I've been trying to get a refund from Sears for months. I had put...

 

Direct Answers - Gravitational Pull

I am 34, a female adult child of an alcoholic father. He passed away when I was 12. I have three older brothers and an older sister. All four siblings still live at home with my mother, a classic...

 

Direct Answers - Low Standards

My boyfriend of nine years and his two kids moved miles away today. He left because I asked him to. But now that he is gone, I feel lonely and confused. I want to live my life not having to explain...

 

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