I have a couple of close relatives who are losing several hundred dollars every year because they receive gift checks and have the "inability" to email two or three powerful little words: "Thank you" or "I got it." When a "thank you" is uttered, all I say is "You're welcome" --- not exactly wordy! These people DO want the checks and I enjoy sharing. I have lived simply and frugally all my life. I'm by no means rich, but I don't need or want material things at my age. The checks get smaller every birthday and Christmas! What am I missing; aren't nice manners taught anymore? Is this common in your families?