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Dealing With Awkward Money Issues

Which Money Issue Is Most Awkward?

We all have our hangups when it comes to money — things we won't do or won't comment on when it comes to our financial selves. But just because we deem it off limits doesn't mean our friends won't go there. While some may classify their salaries as top secret, others may find it to be a casual conversation piece. Money can be a touchy subject for some but certainly not for everyone.Tell me, which of the following money-etiquette issues do you find most uncomfortable to deal with?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I think being asked to go in on group gifts is the worst. I know how much I can (or, more usually, can't) afford to spend, and I hate being pressured into forking over money for something I probably wouldn't have picked out because someone else thinks group gifts are "fun."
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
As for me, it's a toss up between questions about personal finances and lending money. With personal finances, I consider that a private matter between my husband and I. No one else has a seat at the table. The only exceptions I would make is for the two closest people in my life. Ironically, in the last +10 years of my life, these two people NEVER asked me about my personal finances. With lending money, I generally don't do it, as I was usually asked for a loan for a non-essential item (such as for a luxury SUV when that person already has a car that was under five years old). I decline to lend that person money even though I had the funds. The asking loan was in the thousands of range.
luna08 luna08 7 years
The VP of my company once gave me a fundraising letter for his son's charity trip...I wanted to point out that he KNOW's what I make...weird. Other than that, my family. I've started crying poverty (even when it's not true:) to avoid them asking me for loans (in the range of thousands of dollars), or my brother asking me to cover his mortgage for a month and to not pay me back for a couple of months...I've been the "Bank of Jillian" since I was a child, and I'm DONE!
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
The most awkward is when I went to one evangelist church. The pastor said to lift money and to bless it then give it to the pastor. I'm catholic and that was very different. To make matter worse the pastor and better benz than I did and had a 8 thousand dollar rolex on and it was real. I should of advised people to maybe find another place to worship God. To me, I thought that was really awkward. I don't think money and religion should be mixed or that we should ever pray for money. I guess that's me. I don't lend money either as for some reason people do not ask me for 5 to 10 dollars. They have the nerve to ask for $5000 to $1,000 or ask if my parents can sponsor them for a trip or something. Yes, those are the friends I write off the minute that happens. ;-)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I lend money to my neighbor sometimes. She's not very financially well-off and sometimes she needs 5-10 dollars every now and then between paychecks. I don't mind lending her money because she always repays me, but I never lend more than I'd feel comfortable giving away. I've always been taught that you should look at lending money to friends as though it were a gift and not expect to be repaid.
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