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You received the phone call everyone dreads – and you know why the caller is calling you. You answer the phone with a gloomy voice – “Hello.”
In your mind, you know what is coming next . . .
“Can I borrow twenty dollars?”
So, what do you do? There are certain rules you must follow before lending your hard earned cash to both family and friends.
Only Give What You Can Afford
Before signing that check, ask yourself, can I live without this amount? Will my finances suffer if I am not paid back timely or never paid back at all? If you need the money to pay your bills, it is not a good idea to give your money away. Only loan what you can afford to live without. Even better, if someone asks you for cash, let he or she know that while you are not in a position to loan the entire amount, you are able to provide a smaller amount to help. This way, you eliminate the possibility of ill feelings due to the lack of repayment.
Get It In Writing
I know, I know, this may seem excessive but this is crucial! If you decide that you are comfortable with lending your money to someone, it may be a good idea to have a brief discussion beforehand and record the terms of the agreement utilizing a promissory note. A promissory note documents the payment terms, amount due, interest rate and other details of the loan and should be signed by both parties. Although a bit formal, it serves as a reminder in case the borrower suffers from amnesia later on. You will have strong evidence the debt does exist.
Don’t be a Stalker! Let It Go!
Listen, at one point or another, you simply have to let it go. It makes no sense to discuss lack of payment ten years later at the family reunion or monitoring your borrower’s every purchase, whispering to yourself, “The money used for that new handbag could have repaid my debt!” Even the credit bureaus drop bad debts after seven years! More importantly, God has forgiven you so it may be time to forgive others! If you are caught on the bad end of the stick, learn from your experience and commit to making wiser choices going forward.
More importantly, don’t fret or fume if someone owes you a buck or two. Consider it a blessing to be in a financial position to help others. And besides, you never know – you may need the financial assistance of others in the future.
Remember, your choice, your future!