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Did anyone else wonder about money?

Created: 08/08/13

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Posted Aug. 08, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lynnr

Join Date: 07/31/11

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Did anyone else wonder about money?

When I finished this book I kept wondering about how they had the money to buy all the stuff that eventually filled their house. How did her mom pay for her compulsive shopping? How did they afford to buy new clothes when they didn't have any more clean ones? How did they go out to restaurants all the time? It seems to be an aspect of Kim's life that was intentionally left out but I was curious.


Posted Aug. 08, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
guntak

Join Date: 10/20/10

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

Not in a responsible adult manner. The parents spent money like water and just stacked up their purchases in piles most of the time without even opening the boxes.


Posted Aug. 09, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
tonik

Join Date: 08/05/13

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

I did! They bought and bought and bought and still had money for most things. The author didn't really go into this and the subject was always in the back of my mind.


Posted Aug. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
juliaa

Join Date: 12/03/11

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

I did as well, and wondered if they just maxed out all their credit cards and remained in perpetual debt. But at one point, Kim's mother cashed in an account to help Kim spend her semester abroad, so I wonder if there was an inheritance that enabled the compulsive buying.


Posted Aug. 11, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
susanj

Join Date: 06/18/11

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

Yes, now that you pose the question, I did wonder how they paid for everything. I wish the author had commented more about their financial situation. They had to have money for rental deposits too, and I wonder if any landlord asked for a reference!


Posted Aug. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jillf

Join Date: 07/30/13

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

yes! That is the one thing about this book that really bothered me. If the mother was on disability and the father was only a bus driver how did they pay for the mother's shopping addiction. I found myself wondering if there was credit card fraud or something illegal going on. Maybe she deliberately avoided this area to protect them? You would think that the people renting to them would have wanted references. Kim did bring her friends in with her to clean whenever the parents were moving which may have helped but living that way with mold etc would have to cause damage. You would think that their security deposits would have been withheld, and word would have spread.


Posted Aug. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
joyces

Join Date: 06/16/11

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

This is interesting that so many of us had thoughts about this. I am glad someone brought it up as I was certainly not smart enough to. All through the book there always seemed to be enough for them to live on and move to different locations and it seemed a little strange to me when throughout it all there was the mother's excessive shopping but no comment about it's cost.


Posted Aug. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
CoventryReader

Join Date: 08/04/11

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

I did wonder about where all their money came from. One of the thoughts I had was that the mother may have done her shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army or consignment shops. That may have been an affordable way for her to buy all the clothing she collected and let accumlate.


Posted Aug. 12, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
kristenh

Join Date: 10/22/10

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

I will be honest that I didn't really think about money since I believe it was mentioned that her dad brought home stuff from work and then when her mother did her impulse shopping through QVC I guess I assumed that was from money she had saved or even credit cards


Posted Aug. 15, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
iread49

Join Date: 04/10/13

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

yes definitely wondered how mom ordered everything. I can not imagine parents had good credit and could get new mortgage , let alone everything they ordered


Posted Aug. 19, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
carmen s

Join Date: 04/27/11

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RE: Did anyone else wonder about money?

I wondered about the money also. They were always eating out too. Doesn't she talk about unopened boxes piled up from Amazon? It would be a treasure hunt to see what was in all those boxes.


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