Stop mooching off your friends

Have you ever gone out to eat, shopping or to a bar with friends and had to lend a friend some money to pay for themselves? Do you find yourself always paying for the Ubers and Lyfts because your friend never offers? Have you ever wondered why your one friend never buys her/himself drinks, yet always asks for sips of yours?

Now, I know everybody wants to enjoy life and get out of the house sometimes. We all want to go out to eat or grab some drinks with our friends every now and then. But, there’s a certain group of people who seem to always want to enjoy these super fun group outings — yet never seem opportune to fund their taking part in them.

The bottom line is: if you don’t have money to go out and pay for yourself, don’t go out.

Just don’t go. It’s not fair to your friends who are ready to spend money on a fun time when you don’t want to spend any on yourself. Who wants to go out and be the only one eating a big meal or drinking a fun drink while you sit there and watch them?

These moochers also have a tendency to play the victim. Have you gotten tired of them saying, “I’m trying to save money” or “I haven’t gotten paid yet, can you spot me”?

Attention moochers: you need to stop guilt tripping your friends into paying for you just because you don’t want to spend the money. It’s your fault that you decided to go out when you don’t have the allocated funds or the desire to spend some. What you need to do is stay home, save up and pay for yourself next time. If not, people will probably stop inviting you out.