ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

7 Criteria A Family Member Must Meet To Receive Financial Assistance

Updated on September 10, 2013
Kristine Manley profile image

Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

Source

When and when not to give money to family members.

The new year has just begun and along with my New Year's resolution to lose weight I had to ask myself a question. Am I going to deal with the same antics from the same family member(s) or do I lovingly cut the financial cord and continue to let them struggle with their finances and with other resources? Am I helping my family member or am I enabling them? I could not begin to add up the finances, groceries, and time I have spent on this one particular family member. I had to give careful thought on their actions, or lack of actions, that continue to keep them on the bottom wrung of the ladder. Their misuse of finances, theirs and mine, is a sore spot with me. My savings account looks like a war zone and my account statements cry out, "when are we going to get more supplies, the enemy continues to gain more ground." So I have decided to take action and do the following for my family member:

  • Coach them financially, if they will allow. If they don't allow they still will not receive any cash from me.
  • Provide a list of food banks in their area.
  • Open them up an e-mail account, if they don't have one. They can receive job listings.
  • Redo their resume.
  • Help them apply for jobs online.
  • No more gift cards. They were being sold for cash.

So far I feel real good about my assistance plan and have stuck to it.

Here is a list of criteria, I feel, that a family member must meet in order to receive "TARP" (Troubled Asset Relief Program) money and other resources- LOL!

  1. A life or death situation. Does the person need their prescriptions filled, e.g., insulin, asthma inhaler, blood pressure pills, or heart medication, etc.
  2. Does the family member need a ride to a job interview? (I say take them, please).
  3. Does the family member need a bus and/or train pass to get to the interview? (Buy the bus and/or train pass, please).
  4. Don't help them to your own detriment.
  5. They have done all they could have and should have done to meet their needs. (Ask a lot of questions).
  6. The family member must disclose their financial information if they expect financial assistance. I review my family member's monthly bills and their financial resources, if any.
  7. If you are buying the groceries for the family member(s), they must allow you to go shopping with them. Use coupons and try not to buy prepackaged / processed foods which are more expensive and will stretch your dollars more. I had a friend I was assisting with groceries and she asked if she could pick up some ice cream and I said no. She also said she did not eat anything but ground chuck, so I told her I guess you won't be eating any ground chuck this week. If your family member's cooking skills are an issue have accompanying recipes that match the food items you buy.

I so enjoy giving and helping others, but I must use wisdom in my giving.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kristine Manley profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Kristine 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Tatum, sometimes it gets wearying. But God knows my heart. I moved down South with my Mom and thought we would leave the majority of the family up North - not so. They followed. LOL!

    • profile image

      Tatum 

      7 years ago

      I am so glad my immediate family live outside of GA and praise the Lord they trust in Him to supply all their needs! But I would help if they asked because they never have...the the people the borrow money all the time...Do Not Wear Out The Welcome Mat! LOL

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)