What would you do? Friend's financial situation
I have a friend (Theresa), whom I've posted in here about before. She's hopeless about money, despite the fact that she recently started a job where she's making a very good salary for a single person ($60,000). She's moving out of her apartment at the end of the month, because her lease will be up -- this is something that she has known for several months. My thought is that she should have been preparing for this, and setting aside money for a deposit and first month's rent on her next place, for months now.
Of course, she hasn't. She won't actually have any extra money available to her until AFTER the first of the month, i.e. after her lease is up. (She has plenty of excuses why, but whatever). So she will effectively be homeless for probably at least a week or two, since no place will rent to her without a deposit, and she can't extend her current lease, even by a couple of weeks.
No, I'm not contemplating giving her money to help her. But she does need a place to stay. I've done this for her in the past (twice, in fact), when she's gotten herself in a jam. I'm starting to feel like maybe she needs to learn a lesson. So far, I have not offered to let her stay with me. She's started hinting very strongly ("I don't know what I'm going to do! I have no place to stay!"). What would you do? Be a good friend and cave, or let her learn a lesson, and make her stay in a hotel or something similar? I can't help feeling that she's never going to learn to be responsible about money if I'm always there to bail her out...on the other hand, is it my job to help her to learn to fiscal responsibility??