I hate being in a position where you owe money to someone. Money is the root of all evil. Getting rid of any debt as soon as possible is a good idea and prevents any future issues.
I had borrowed 50 bucks one night from my mate Alexander because we were nowhere near an ATM. The next day, I gladly slid him the pink envelope with the 50 bucks inside it. Pink is not my colour but it was the only envelope I could find and I wanted to set the money aside for him.
"There you go mate. Thanks for spotting me the cash last night. Debt repaid."
"No worries" Alexander replied.
He looked distracted as we were running late and rushing into the casino to meet up with some mates. We eventually reached our rendezvous point in the casino bar.
Casinos are such interesting places. People tend to show their true colours when gambling. Rarely are fortunes made but you can usually spot the losers. Their misery is sketched all over their faces and you can imagine the debt they must have racked up trying for that elusive big win.
Two hours had passed and Alexander strode back to our table with a gleeful look on his face.
"How did you do?" I excitedly quizzed.
"Good. I'm up 200 bucks, I've spent 50 dollars at the bar but you still owe me that 50 from last night....."
"Err.....I already paid you back. Remember?"
"When?" Alexander retorted with an incredulous look on his face.
"Today. Before we arrived here."
"No?! I don't recall."
An uncomfortable silence arose. An awkward situation indeed. Being in debt to someone, paying them back and them not remembering.
Calmly I reminded Alexander "If I haven't paid you back then what are you doing with a pink envelope in your pocket?"
"Are you some sort of pink envelope-carrying girly-man?" I chuckled.
The realisation spread across Alexander's face "That's all you had to say."
I guess even your closest mates may sometimes not remember you giving them money so it's always handy to have some bright-coloured envelopes lying around the house.
Right, I'll get my coat.....