Making up $1500

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I received an email back from the person I lent $1500 to. She basically said that they had the money, their bank account got garnished, and that they don’t have the money now. I emailed her back, told her that we could set up a payment plan and that I would be fine with that. I still haven’t heard anything back from her and I believe it’s been over a week since I’ve sent her a response back.

I’m not going to take them to court.  I don’t want the stress of that- plus, if they don’t have the money I’m not going to get it.  End of story.

I feel better that I got a response.  I’d still like my money back, but who knows if that will ever happen.  I’m more upset that I lost a friend.

I’ve decided that I’m going to make lemons out of lemonade and I’m going to make up the $1500 myself.  I’m going to do whatever I can to make that up.  I’ll help people with blog designs, maybe make some soap and sell it, and do some more babysitting if possible.  I’m going to turn this into a positive thing, even though I will have to work my butt off to make up the difference. 🙂

It’s sad that I lost $1500 and my best friend, but I’ve learned some important lessons.  I’m going to be more careful with relationships, and I’m never going to lend money I can’t afford to give any more.  I think that’s all I can do.

Anyone need a maid? I am fantastic at cleaning houses. 🙂

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29 thoughts on “Making up $1500

  1. sue says:

    I think that’s a great way to make lemonade out of the lemons of your situation! You can’t control anyone but yourself, including your emotions and reactions – so way to go on doing just that. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sue- Thank you so much! I need to paste that last sentence to my forehead… 🙂

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  2. Mrs. Micah says:

    Very proactive! If it’s not coming back from her, then this is the best thing you could be doing. 🙂

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. Micah- Thanks! I figured I had to do something. Can’t wait around and be sad forever. 😉

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  3. ami@40daystochange says:

    Good for you. I wonder how your friend would feel if she knew that you were babysitting and cleaning houses to make up the $1500 she spent. In any case you’ve taken back control of your life and your heart – hopefully this will help you put this whole unfortunate incident behind you.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- I wonder how she would feel too. I think this is going to help me get past the situation. It was an expensive lesson to learn, but an important one!

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    Emily on the Southern Prairie Reply:

    Agreed with Ami!

    Good luck to you. This sucks.

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  4. Mrs. Accountability says:

    I’m so glad you have found a way to make peace with this situation. I would love to buy some soap from you! My son and husband used to make ours but we ran out a couple months ago and they haven’t made another batch. My hubby said if I get the recipe he’ll help me make a batch, but I know it takes weeks to cure. So in the meantime, I had to cave and buy some Tone from the store. So many ingredients in soap that can’t be pronounced when it’s just not necessary! Good luck in making up the moola and I hope you’ll keep track and let us know how it goes!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. A- Thank you!! 🙂 I will have to make some to sell. I guess I’ll try selling it on the blog first, lol. I’ll have to start a tracker to show how I am making up the $1500!

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  5. Money Beagle says:

    I’m not saying to forgive and forget but just remember that your friend probably feels a hundred times worse than you do. You don’t have the $1500 but at least you still have your dignity. I’m sure they feel like they let you down, that they failed you and failed themselves, and that their finances are still just as out of control, and that they cost themselves a friend in the process. I doubt your friend is sitting there laughing saying ‘ha ha ha my diabolical plan to be friends with this person for years and years, then take $1500 and walk away from the friendship….worked’. It was probably hard for them to contact you at all, but just remember it’s probably just as hard for your friend to look themselves in the mirror each day.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Beagle- I agree, she’s probably feeling bad too. I decided I would do everything in my power to make myself feel better. I did a good thing and it came back to bite me, but the only thing I can do is learn from it. 🙂

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  6. LivingOurWay says:

    That’s a hard lesson to learn. And it’s a lot of money to learn it with! I will be interested to see how you make up the $1500, as I about that much short in making a personal goal and would like to make it up.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LivingOurWay- It is going to be interesting! I think I may start selling some things on Craigslist or eBay soon. It can’t hurt! It’s a lot of money to make up.

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  7. Kacie says:

    I’m glad you at least heard back from her! Hopefully you guys can work out some sort of payment plan.

    And I like how you are going to try to make up that money in other ways.

    Selling stuff and services is a great idea! Do you have anything sitting around your house that you don’t want? Maybe some eBaying would be good.

    Anyway, keep track of your new earnings because it’ll be fun to watch you get your $1500 back 🙂

    And yeah, I would love to buy some soap and maybe even some blog help from you!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- It’s funny, even though they said they don’t have the money, I feel better knowing what is going on. I think I’ll try to eBay or Craigslist some items. I’ll have to start a tracker to show how much I’ve made up!

    I need to make some soap to sell! 🙂

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  8. Simple in France says:

    I see Money Beagle’s point. I’d probably be too embarrassed to face someone if I owed them money I couldn’t pay back. Maybe your friend’s avoidance of you can be explained that way.

    I like the idea of finding other random money sources. . .it might turn into an interesting new way of paying down your debt.

    Oh, and I can’t wait to hear about how you make soap. Someday I’d like to try, but am afraid of mixing up lye in closed quarters (and since I’m still staying with my MIL for a bit, I suppose she might kill me for doing it in her kitchen!)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Simple in France- I agree, she probably is embarrassed. It’s going to be interesting to see how I make that money up! 😉

    It’s really not too bad making soap if you are careful. I need to share how I make it!

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  9. Money Funk says:

    Does she read your blog?

    I like your initiative for making up the $1500. I would rather much enjoy if you came over and cleaned my house. 🙂

    And if I hear anyone needing blog design, I will definitely send them your way!

    BTW, sorry to hear you lost a BFF over money.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Funk- I don’t think she reads my blog. I have never given her my url.

    I wish I was closer- I’d be over in a heartbeat and I’d be cheap!

    I’m sorry I did too. It sucks 🙁

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  10. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff says:

    I think earning back your money is a fantastic idea and could lead to a long-term side income, right? I’m sorry it worked out this way though.

    Pet sitting is a semi-easy way to earn $10-$20 a day. Depending on the size of the dog, we petsat for $10-$20 a night or I’d go to their home for $10-$20 a day plus gas for the period. We made about $50-$100 per dog overall since it was the summer and everyone was taking week long trips.

    I also worked weekends at a bookstore for a couple of months around Christmas a few years ago. It was an easy $7.50 an hour.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff- I like the idea of pet sitting! I could ask around and see if anyone is going on vacation soon.

    I could look into getting a second job but I think that would make me more stressed. I think I’ll try my hand at making soap and other things first. A bookstore would be great though!

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  11. Revanche says:

    Looks like you should have plenty of buyers for the soap! 🙂 This is the best thing you can do, under the circumstances. I guess I’m just jaded now thinking that it doesn’t matter if she feels bad (but she’d better!).

    I’ve been in your position before, only to the tune of $16K and my brother, so I’d say it’s best to move on but learn from it! Be sure to post the soap here as well as anywhere else you plan to sell so we can either buy or help you spread the word. Miss you on Twitter!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Revanche- I need to get on the soap making! I can’t believe that would happen with your brother- so sad 🙁 I’m sorry.

    I miss you on Twitter too! I haven’t been on in forever. I need to!

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  12. Mark says:

    First, There is absolutely NO REASON that the person who borrowed $1500 from you could not pay you back… That is a LIE and they know it.

    The person who borrowed your $1500 did not WANT to pay you back. THAT is why you never got the $$$.

    How can I say this… Because it’s 100% True.

    Anyone can come up with $5.00 so did they even give you $5.00 towards the $1500?? NO they did not.

    They could have worked out a payment plan with you… Say $10 a month but did they?? NO they did not.

    Tell the person who borrowed that money that you want $10.00 a month till it’s paid back. Take each $10 they give you and put it in a box and eventually you will have the $1500 back. IF they pay you the $10 each month… If they can’t do that.. If they miss ONE $10 payment then CUT THEM OFF, never SPEAK to them again. Ever.

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