Looking for good lies to get money from your parents?
First of all, I’m not going to judge you and I hope your intentions are good.
But I think I can help!
Here are 10 small white lies you can use to get your parents to lend or give you some money.
Use them at your own risk!
10 Good Lies to Get Money From Your Parents!
1. You Owe Some Money and Want to Avoid Paying Interest
I’m sure your parents want to help you out with money, and seeing an opportunity to stop you from incurring charges will make them dig into their wallets.
Of course, this can quickly turn into a sticky situation if you’re not prepared to answer why you owe money, who to, and how much.
So, as with any lie, make sure you have your story straight and all the ‘facts’ lined up before asking!
2. Tell Them You’re Waiting on Some Funds to Clear
This is another lie that will make your parents feel like it’s a safe bet to lend you some money.
They’ll think, “Oh, they just need a little help to get over the hump, and they’ll have the money back in no time.”
However, you need to be careful with this one.
Your parents may start asking follow-up questions like, “How much are you expecting?” or “When do you think it will clear?”
Be prepared with some answers, or this lie could quickly unravel.
3. Tell Them You Need to Help out A Close Friend
If you don’t feel comfortable asking for money for yourself, you could use a friend as your reason.
Your parents might be more likely to give you money if they think it’s going to help out someone close to you, especially if that person is in a tough situation.
However, this lie can also backfire if your parents start asking questions about your friend’s situation and it’s someone they know.
4. Say You Need Some Money for Travel Expenses
This is one of those lies where it will make your parents feel compelled to help you out or you’ll be stuck (literally).
If you have a good reason or excuse to ask for travel expenses, you can use this as an excuse to get the money for what you really need it for.
5. Say It’s for Medical Bills
This is a way to tug on your parent’s heartstrings – so I appreciate it’s not going to be for everyone.
But if you want to combine needing some cash with saying it’s for something urgent, you can say it’s for medical bills.
It doesn’t have to be something life-threatening, I wouldn’t want this lie to spiral out of control!
6. Tell Them You’ve Lost Some Money
This is another little lie to try and make your parents feel sorry for you, if you’re able to do it.
You could tell them that you’ve lost some money. This should make them feel sorry for you, as well as wanting to help you out.
This is the kind of excuse you’re only going to be able to use once, so make good use of it.
7. Give Them an Exact Time You’ll Pay Them Back
If you’ve tried borrowing money but couldn’t give your parents a good idea of what you’d be able to pay them back, they may not have given you any money.
However, by giving them a specific time, such as “I’ll pay you back on Friday,” as this will make them feel more comfortable lending to you – even if you can’t hold up your side.
As with a lot of these points, it comes down to confidence!
8. You Need Some Money for School
This one is a little more believable and a reason that’s hard for any parent to ignore, as long as you’re still in school.
Your parents may be more likely to give you some money if they think it’s going towards your schooling in some way – even if it’s not.
However, this lie can quickly unravel if your parents start asking too many questions about how the money will be spent and want to see what you’ve bought.
9. Tell Them You Have to Bail Someone out Of Jail
This is one of the more creative lies you can tell your parents, but for some people, it’s going to work, I’m sure.
They may not approve of the company you’re keeping when you say you need some bail money, but they might see it as important and part with some cash.
Like most lies, it’s a tough one to keep up and I’ll leave it up to you how you’re going to come up with the entire story.
10. Tell Them You Need to Treat Someone Who Is Feeling Down
This is another one of those lies where you can use your parents’ generosity to line your pockets.
You could tell them that you need some money to treat someone who is feeling down, such as taking them out for lunch or buying them a gift.
Your parents may feel compelled to help you out, especially if you explain how much it would mean to you and your friend.
Should You Lie to Your Parents to Get Money?
At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to lie to your parents to get money.
As I said, I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do, but I do hope you’re not lying to them for all the ‘wrong’ reasons.
Sometimes we need money, I get it.
As long as you’re not taking advantage of your parents or manipulating them, for most people it’s not that big of a deal to make up a story to get some money once, or twice(!)
You know where the line is with your parents, I’ll leave it up to you not to cross it!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.