5 Creative Ways to Ask Your Parents For Money
As college students, sometimes (or a lot of times) we need money for books, food or entertainment.
Maybe, instead of buying books with the money your parents sent you, you spent it on the newest shoes on the store shelf. This is something a lot of college students deal with all too often.
Whatever the reason, you’re probably going to have to ask your parents for some money some time. And it might be a little harder if you just asked or if you are always asking.
I am going to give you a few pointers on creative ways to ask your parents for extra cash to spend on candy and Red Bulls.
Share an Interest
A good way to get money from your parents is to talk to them about something they like.
If your mom likes to cook, ask her for recipes and talk about how you could never cook it like her and she needs to either make you something and send it to you or come to San Angelo and make it for you.
If Mom doesn’t come through, then ask Dad. If your dad likes sports, for example, then talk sports with him. It may be a little hard if you don’t know anything about sports, but the point is you’re taking an interest in something he’s interested in.
Remind Them of the Goal
It can help to remind your parents that you are in college, working toward your future. Sometimes parents can be a little casual about that.
According to the U.S. Census, in 2015 90 percent of people graduated high school, but only 33 percent received a degree and only 40 percent of Americans over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
I’m not saying that you should share all of the American educational attainment data with them, but it’s a good idea to remind them that you are working to get something that not a lot of people have.
If your parents don’t have degrees, however, it would be a mistake to say something like, “I’m doing my best to do something that even you haven’t done.” That is a terrible idea and please disregard this whole blog.
Anyway, reminding them that you are struggling to obtain something that is considered a great milestone in life might help your cause.
Offer to Pay Them Back
Parents want to see you are being more (or just a little more, in some cases) responsible.
If you have a job, are attending college and paying rent, that shows you are on your way to becoming an outstanding adult (even though we all want to stay young forever).
If you call them and ask for money but offer to pay them back, they will think about how responsible you are being and they might even say that you don’t have to pay them back or that you can pay them back “whenever.”
Of course, it would mean even more if you actually pay them back. However, that goes into your morals and your psyche and this blog isn’t about that. Offering to pay them back is a good idea, and one that I use frequently.
Consider Gift-Giving Seasons
Family birthdays or holidays are strategic times to ask for a little bit of extra money to help you buy gifts.
I’m not saying lie and say that what you are buying costs $110 when it really only costs $65. I’m saying just throw in the fact that you need a little bit of extra money as well and I’m sure they will be willing to give you the money that you need to buy those Skittles.
Tell the Truth
The best thing to do most of the time is just tell them the truth. Everyone appreciates honesty and your parents are no different.
This means that even though you don’t want to tell them that you spent all of your money last weekend at Whataburger, you should, because even though they might be mad that you spent all your money on food, they will appreciate the fact that you didn’t lie to them.
Honesty shows them that you are growing and becoming a responsible adult. Honesty will also bring you closer to your parents.
There are a lot of different ways to ask your parents for money but the biggest thing I suggest is not lying to them.