I work with the mantra 'never lend money out if you expect to see it back again'.
People have paid me back others have not, it is incredible how some people are willing to put a monetary value on years of friendship and cash it in.
I hate money but it is really handy.
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I lent a friend 400 quid 20 years go - he had debts, all because of his own recklessness and rubbish money management.
He asked me - as he was in dire straights - he need to pay someone to get them off his back.
Now, i have always been frugal with money and truy not to waste it. I lent him the money and wrote it off. I just accepted I would never see it again ...
I haven't - but I have had three holidays in RSA staying at their house, eating their food and drinking their beer.
When we moved back from CH rather more rapdily than expected, they were on vacation in the UK, so turn up , move, emptied and humped boxes ...
Depends on the friendship ... there is more to life than money.