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Personal Finance 5 reasons you shouldn't lend money to family and friends

Money could put a strain on your relationship with family and friends, here are five reasons you shouldn't lend them your money.

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When family members and friends come to you to borrow money, as a good samaritan, you are expected to part with some money.

But sometimes, lending your money to friends and family members can result in an entirely unexpected situation.

If you think about situations like this, you might come to realize that lending your hard earned money to relatives could be a terrible mistake.

Here are five reasons it is advisable to never loan money to family and friends.

1. It might be difficult to ask for the money back

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If you lend money to a friend or family member you respect a lot, you might not want to ask for the money in order not to offend the borrower.

Even if you are worried about the loan repayment, you'll most likely keep it to yourself because you don't want to upset your friend.

2.  It can make family gatherings awkward

Imagine being in a family meeting with a family member that owes you some money and you still can't ask him or her about the loan, what an awkward moment that would be.

3. The borrower may ask for more

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Due to the blood relationship between you and the borrower, it will be pretty easy for him/her to come to you again when he or she needs more loan.

4. You might not get the money when you need it the most

Lending money to family members and friends could get you in a financial mess. When you want your money returned probably because you are broke, the friend or relative you lend the money might not be willing to return it at that time. And that could put you in a financial trouble if you don't have anyone to borrow from.

5. You could lose your money and relationship

If you lend your money to friends or relative, you should beware that any attempt to get the money back could put a strain on your relationships with them especially if the borrower is taking the relationship for granted.

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