By Carrie Sloan for LearnVest
Learn more about how certain friends can be bad for your finances at LearnVest.com.
“You should so buy that dress. It looks like it was made for you!”
“Nice purse. How much did that cost?”
“Can you spot me for dinner? I’ll get you back next time … ”
While usually there’s no one more supportive than our girlfriends, we also know there are a lot of funny things we say when it comes to money. (Want a laugh? Check out our Sh*t Girls Say About Money video.)
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And the fact is, there are certain types of “friends” who can be downright hazardous to your financial health.
Sometimes their influence is so subtle you might not even realize they’re impacting your spending patterns. But studies have proven that everything from how much we weigh to how much we spend — and the investment decisions we make — are affected by who we’re closest to.
Which is why we decided to take a closer look at the most common types of financial frenemies — in other words, our field guide to pals you might want to steer clear of, at least when you have your wallet in hand, or a budget in place.
If you have a frenemy who fits this description, or know a different type, please share in the comments.
She can (and will) cajole you into buying that expensive dress you don't really need. Or the face cream that breaks the bank. While totally supportive — “that looks so good on you, you have to get it” — this friend can also threaten your ability to pay the rent.
How She Can Hurt You: You’ll often walk away in stun mode, not even realizing how much you money you just dropped until a look at your bank balance jolts you back to reality. Fun, and frequently a hedonist, the Enabler makes a great shopping friend—as long as you have the cash to burn.
How to Neutralize Her: While you’ll never change her ways, you can be prepared for her antics. When out with her, only bring as much cash as you’re willing to spend, so you don't wind up with "amazing" stilettos you only wear once.