Help! My Adult Daughter's a Schnorrer

Dear Mr. Zaslow:

I raised three daughters in a nice middle-class, haimish home. My youngest daugher is a real schnorrer — a cheapskate.

She flaunts her frugality. Her home furnishings are “dumpster décor,” and sometimes, she’ll go to Costco and eat her lunch by sampling food served by the various demonstrators. Recently she told me, “Forget about dry cleaning a dress; that costs more than $8. I just donate it to the Salvation Army. They launder it, dry clean it, and I buy it back for two bucks!”

Is there something wrong with being so cheap, or his her extreme lack of materialism something that should be commended — especially in these difficult economic times?

MOTHER OF A SCHNORRER

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Jeffrey Zaslow writes about life transitions as The Wall Street Journal’s “Moving On” columnist. Alongside the professor Randy Pausch, Zaslow wrote “The Last Lecture,” a best-selling book based on an uplifting lecture Pausch gave after having been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The book has been on The New York Times’ Best-Sellers list for 48 weeks.


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