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Dealing with those who deplete your resources Part 1

By Faeza
07 August 2015

Most of us have a person in our life who causes us to spend more than we can afford to. Although we may care for them, we cannot escape the fact that every time we come into contact with that person our purses feel a little lighter.

“The good news is that, while you may not be able to change their behaviour, you can learn to manage how you respond to them,” says Cebisa Mfenyana from Metropolitan.

Cebisa offers advice for dealing with the financial foes in our lives.

Guilt-trip Gertrude

Gertrude could be your mother, aunt, cousin or even brother-in-law. Gertrude is that family member who is so experienced at the Guilt Trip that we automatically give in to their demands, simply because we feel we cannot say no. Especially when we are doing so well (as they love reminding us).

“While we may be responsible for looking after our family members,” says Cebisa, “be wary of those who always demand more.” Decide how much you can afford to give with a little leeway for emergencies, and then set these boundaries with them.