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February 14th, 2013 at 10:18 am

We are aiming for 10 NSD this month and up to today we are at 7 NSD - DD and I are really focused on eating what we have, putting off the errands to the shops and adding to the NSD's.

Today at work one of my colleagues approaches me and says "can you give me $5?" - I was busy preparing for our patients tomorrow and was so taken aback that my answer was "nope can't do DD took the last $5 this morning to school for valentine's day".

Then on my way home, I was thinking about it - we are doing all we can to avoid spending $$$ and yet my colleague expects a handout! Huh???

No please, no could you lend me..., no reason ... nothing!

So my question is what would you do?

So other than that:
- we had a NSD as I mentioned
- ate supper which I cooked last night
- am really pleased it's Friday tomorrow Smile

9 Responses to “What would you do?”

  1. Carolina Girl Says:

    I think you have to do what is right for your family. If this person had been a true need and asked to borrow $5.00 until a future time, that may have been different but to ask that someone GIVE you money with no explanation - uh...no mam. Good luck on your 10 NSD's this month. I may have to consider keeping up with those.

  2. SecretarySaving Says:

    I would say no anytime that person asks and they will eventually get the picture.

  3. JulieA Says:

    What I would do is likely say no. I hardly ever have cash on me anyway. I don't carry it so I won't spend it thoughtlessly. So it wouldn't be something I could do on most days. If I did have the cash, my first reaction would be similar to yours. As in "Just GIVE you $5? WHY???!!!!!"

    I've been given a challenge to be more of a cheerful giver and less judgmental. This is not something that comes easy to me, maybe a positive response to something like this would fall into that category. I've never been a natural "Would give you the shirt off her back if you asked" type of personality.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Borrow is one thing...give is another. No I would not give anyone $5 just because. Also, I too rarely have $5 on me.

  5. snafu Says:

    My 1st reaction on reading the request was 'I wonder what happened..' I'd tend to make a joke of it

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    If someone asked...nicely....I might...depending on what they needed it for. But to just say can you give me? Nope!

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    I was assuming give = lend, so if I had it I might *lend* it depending on the person. Otherwise it'd be a "No".

  8. freeme journey Says:

    When I got to work today - I asked her if everthing was ok (just in case, as she is a single Mom) - "oh everything's fine"! No further information offered and I decided not to ask more questions. So her request really puzzles me.

    Imagine, I would be $5 poorer today for absolutely no reason other that the fact that she just asked for $5!!!!! Weird?

  9. Wino Says:

    When I loan someone money, I always think of it as a gift in my mind. For very small amounts ("Hey, you got a quarter for the vending machine?"), I usually decline the offer of a payback and obligate the borrower to giving up a like amount the next time he's asked. I have been doing this since it cost only a quarter to get a pop out of the machine. Now, it's sometimes more than a dollar for a single can of soda.

    When I do get repaid, it's like free money. If I don't get repaid, I consider it a duty on my part to help someone else who needed it enough to ask. With as much debt as I accrued for absolutely no reason, $5 is small potatoes that I figure "better to someone I know than to Bank of America."

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