We’re back with another uncomfortable situation around money. Most of us have already faced this.
So let’s get to it.
You’ve lent some money to your friend. He wanted to buy something urgently and didn’t have the funds at that moment. Since you’re his friend, and trying to help him out, you’ve lent him the money.
A few weeks later, your friend seems relaxed and looks like he has the funds to buy things for himself.
On a random day, both of you go for lunch and while paying the bill, he hesitates. Nudging you to pay the bill instead.
Remember, he still owes you the money you’ve lent. Yet, asks for more by paying his share.
It’s a common story: a friend in need, an open hand, and a promise to repay. But what happens when that promise lingers unfulfilled, leaving you caught between financial strain and a strained friendship? The situation is delicate. You value your friend, yet the unpaid loan creates tension. Every reminder feels awkward, every unanswered message stings.
You will need to pick 1 of the below choices:
- I would recall the money I lent him
- I would pay the bill now, remind him to pay both later
- Make him pay now and recall the the money I lent
- Something else? Comment below!
Remember, clear communication and setting boundaries early on can prevent such situations in the future. Lending money can be an act of friendship, but it’s crucial to treat it like a financial transaction as well, protecting both your wallet and your bond.
So, what would you do in this situation? If you’ve faced something similar, please share your experience with others in the thread below!
Also, if you’ve missed the last topic, here it is! - Uncomfortable Money situations #1 - Paying at the dinner table 🍽️