As a friend, we like to help another out. If your pal is going through financial problems, you'll probably lend them a helping hand. However, there comes a time when that one friend will continue to abuse your generosity. I will explain ways on how to confront a freeloader friend.
A Friend in Need versus a Freeloader
You can really notice if you have a friend in need. Life can be stressful and everyone goes through dark times at least once in their life. There may be a death in the family or your friend went through a devastating event, and needs your help. There will be signs your friend will display when they are in need. During these times, it’s ok to help out and support financially as well. However, if you notice that your friend has prolonged their needs for more than a few months, you will need to cut back on your generosity to him or her.
Has it come to the point where your friend keeps using you? If so, it’s time to give hints to your pal. A freeloader will tend to keep their go-to sidekick near-by or on speed dial. If he or she asks for couple of dollars, let them know that you are on a budget and can’t spend a lot of money for a long time. Your buddy should start to sense that, you are becoming strict with your money. You worked hard to earn money and it can’t be used senseless. Another hint to give is asking your friend to return the favor. If they decline or come up with an excuse, they just may be a freeloading friend.
Don't let your friend walk away with your money
Have a Confrontation
You should keep a journal and write down all the times your friend has freeloaded on you. Next, plan a confrontation at your house. Having a confrontation at your house would be a good place, so you can voice your own opinion. If it was held at your friend’s home, you would be faced with a lot of excuses and promises. Start off by explaining the situation and how you feel about it. If your buddy denies of any activity, bring out the evidence. The evidence is the journal you have recorded in. After finishing your side of the story, listen to what your buddy has to say. If your companion apologizes and offers to make it up to you, then forgive him or her. If they don’t recognize that what they did was wrong, then tell them that you can still be friends, but you refuse to spend any money on them from then on.