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Is $1,000 too much for a Bday present?

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My brother is 19, getting divorced, and is dirt poor.

I want to give him $1,000 for his birthday. Is that too much to give?

I dont want him to think I am insulting his poorness. He works a super crummy job at Arby's and goes to college, making some wicked good grades might I add.

So is $1,000 too much in this case or whats some of the best advice here?

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Do it. If you can afford to give him a grand, then it would mean alot to your brother. Plus if he is trying to better his life by doing well in college then its a nice reward.

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Do it. If you can afford to give him a grand, then it would mean alot to your brother. Plus if he is trying to better his life by doing well in college then its a nice reward.

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My birthday is coming up next month!

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yup. just don't expect anything in return. ever.

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If you can afford it and your brother is a responsible guy....then by all means do it!

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If you can afford it, then do it. But if he is not responsible with his money, maybe it would be better given in a way that would force him to use the money responsibly. For example, gift card at clothing stores for new threads, gas cards, etc...

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Here's a suggestion. Take him to his bank and open a money market account with it. You can frame it as "here's a cushion for when you need it" or "to get you started on some savings" rather than "here's $1,000, you're poor so go buy some groceries and beer." Even if the latter is what he really needs he can withdrawal the money, close the account, and spend it as he pleases. But the way you frame the gift is important.

You're a good bro.

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Here's a suggestion. Take him to his bank and open a money market account with it. You can frame it as "here's a cushion for when you need it" or "to get you started on some savings" rather than "here's $1,000, you're poor so go buy some groceries and beer." Even if the latter is what he really needs he can withdrawal the money, close the account, and spend it as he pleases. But the way you frame the gift is important.

You're a good bro.

No this. Or put 500 in there and 500 in I Bonds.

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No this. Or put 500 in there and 500 in I Bonds.

Well, if he is that depressed, it would be ok to spend a couple of hundred on a night on the town. A nice meal, some drinks and a couple of lap dances. :)

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