Has she got a shopping addiction?
My friend seems to be addicted to spending – and it needs to stop. I know how much her family has struggled in the past with money. Any time I go round, she’s got a new outfit, necklace or designer pair of heels she wants to show me, and I don’t know how to react. I want to ask her where on earth she gets the cash from! But am I being too intrusive?
It’s very difficult to criticise how a friend is spending her own money. I reckon, if I was accused of being spendthrift, I’d think, ‘I’ve worked hard for the money, so I’m entitled to spend it as I wish.’ However, you mention that the family has really struggled financially in the past, so you don’t want her shopping habit to have them struggling again. Approach the subject sensitively, and watch her reaction carefully. Only then can you judge your next move. But it’s my advice that you should tackle it – if you had a potential problem, you’d want your close friend to help you resolve it.