A friend of mine called me and claimed she was in a dire situation. She had to pay outstanding rent or be booted out of her house. Since I have a steady job and am doing pretty good financially, I sent her $400. Ten years ago she was in a similar crisis and I helped her out then too. But if she calls me back months from now, I'm not gonna help her anymore. She always claimed to pay me back, but never did. However, she did some favors for me years ago, so that was the impetus for my generosity. I always have mixed feelings about friends begging me for money. Luckily she is the only one. I figure if I help her out, I might need her for a favor in the future as well, who knows. But a large part of me wants to get off of this favor merry-go-round. What do you guys think?