If you had to borrow money for...
September 5, 2009 12:49am CST
If you had to borrow money from a friend for food, how would you spend the money? Would you spend it the same way if the friend was right there with you? I have a friend that needed food, and she asked to borrow $50 for enough food to last for the rest of the month (about 8 days). She bought meat she ordered cut at the deli section, pre-roasted beef roast (6 oz for $9) and other foods that I can't afford on my best days. I tried to steer her towards some luncheon meat that I had bought a couple days before (that was the best I'd had in a long time) that had been marked down to 25 cents a pack. She had never tried it, but soundly informed me that she didn't like it. (Humm, how can you not like something you haven't tried??? Especailly since the luncheon meat was turkey and she loves turkey!!!) I got the same great buy on ham and turkey luncheon meat, which will provide me with sandwiches for quite a while...and it popped into my head that I could be in the wrong thinking that if you're borrowing the money to eat and you have to make the food stretch for 8 days, maybe you should go for the chicken, ground beef and less expensive meats rather than the stuff like Hormel pre-cooked roast beef in gravy that wouldn't feed one person let alone two people for more than one meal. Am I out of line with my thinking?
5 Sep 09
You are in the right line of thinking. But don't go for micro analysing. Lend and forget. I always do that way. Never stay with them to find out what they do with that borrowed money. Once you have given the money then it is their look out what to do with it.
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5 Sep 09
Normally I wouldn't be that way. This time I was with her because she doesn't drive and I took her to the store. I just was so awed because I am extremely careful about how I spend my money...I get less than she does and I always seem to have money left over at the end of the month. I really don't have the time to over analyze how people use the money...but there have been a couple of times that I didn't have any choice and got to watch their spending.