A few mistakes I made when paying off debt
My third mistake was not telling others about my journey to pay off debt. It felt strange trying to explain that I had to make lifestyle changes to pay off my debt. So I didn’t. When friends invited me to lunch – I would duck and dodge them or wouldn’t order food. People thought I was broke, I mean I kind of was. One time we went to a bomb Jamaican restaurant called Chef Rob’s here in Atlanta for a going away lunch. My colleague, we’ll call her “T” screams “Kofi, you’re not eating?
responded “Nah. I’m good.” hoping it would go away. Someone else chimed in “I can get your lunch”…Lord! I wanted to crawl under the table. 12 of my colleagues looked on uncomfortably, trying to figure out what was going on. I really wanted to scream, “This food is expensive as hell is why I ain’t ordering” but I kept playing the short game… “I ate before I left the office”. Now that I think about it, I could have told them “I’m paying off my debt so I pack my lunch”. That might have quieted the conversation about me not ordering food.