An old friend recently asked if she could come and stay for 2 weeks with her son. My husband and I are mere pensioners and my friend knows that. Every hearty meal I would cook, she would offer to add her own rice or pasta from her car. Although, I coudn't decline this offering, I was surprised when she left 2 weeks later without offering to pay for additional expenses.
On the last day she asked me if there was anything I needed from the shops? I told her $9 of milk, she waited while I fumbled, found no money in my purse and handed her my credit card for payment! Once she got home she got stuck into the milk, asking first, mind you, but I can't just say "no"! I know she wasn't penniless as she was using my computer to buy books on ebay!
I will never have her back again, but was there something I could have said earlier to avoid feeling so used?