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Doing what I can to steer him right.

September 18th, 2006 at 05:13 pm

My youngest brother has been avoiding credit card, or really any debt, for a while. He realizes the traps they can lay when you get in bad positions, etc. Or so I thought.

He had to walk home in the rain, he was unprepared for it, and his iPod got damaged. Just the screen. It's not covered under warrenty. It still plays, he just has no idea what's playing. He was thinking about applying for a credit card so he could get a new one.

Alarm bells went off for me considering he hasn't even gotten his first paycheck yet from his job and his job is temporary just until December assuming he lasts that long. Not to mention the fact he owes me close to $600 for picking up his rent for a couple of months, among other things.

I think I talked him out of it. I've become quite skilled in the art of negotiation. Instead of telling him what he should or shouldn't do, explain to him the risks and benefits of what he's trying to decide on. Once he knows all the facts, if he still chooses to do it fine.

For now, he's waiting til Friday when he gets paid so he'll have an idea of how much money he has coming in. The other red flag that went off was his comment that he was hoping if he got approved soon that he would be able to buy food with it now. I would much rather he owe me money for food than a credit card company. I stocked him for about a week, he's got some left over but not much. I haven't been able to make it back to his part of town so I haven't helped him restock any.

I guess we'll just see what happens.

2 Responses to “Doing what I can to steer him right.”

  1. baselle Says:

    There is a brisk secondary market in fixing ipods. Maybe he can get it fixed instead of buying a new one. Its a more frugal impulse, anyway. Smile

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yes, that or you can buy an one generation old, refurbished iPod with a sizeable discount. iPods get refreshed so fast that, really, you're not losing out that much.

    Anyway, excellent work for talking someone out of making a bad financial mistake. Wink

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