Having someone owe you money can sometimes be an awkward situation. Maybe they are dragging their feet in paying you back despite you bringing it up multiple times. Maybe you know they simply can’t afford to pay you back right now, even if you really need the money yourself.
I’m sure you can relate to these cringe-worthy examples. We all know the tension of being owed money that’s not paid back right away.
So what does it mean if you have a dream that someone owes you money? If you dream that someone owes you money, it means that you feel this person is indebted to you in some capacity, whether they owe you money in real life or not.
Just because they owe you money in the dream doesn’t mean they owe you money in your daily life. It just means that there is something that you are holding over their head (whether they are aware of it or not) and you feel like they owe you in some way.
In this article, I’m going to dive into what it means when you dream about money, specifically when you dream that someone owes you money.
A Guide To Dreaming About Money
Let’s dive into the more detailed explanations of dreaming about someone owing you money, and maybe more importantly, figuring out how to address the issue that your dream is symbolizing in your daily life.
After all, that’s why you’re looking up the dream meaning, right? You know something is up. You want to know why you’re dreaming about this particular event because you have a suspicion that it is connected to reality. And, in some cases, you’re absolutely right.
5 Questions To Ask Yourself
Okay, so since you’ve probably already had your dream, which is why you’re researching it right now, I need you to try to remember as many details as possible about your dream.
The sooner you try to remember the details, the easier it will be. The longer you wait after your dream to remember the details, the fuzzier and harder to remember it will be.
So take out a piece of paper and pencil or whatever you have on hand to write with and write on. Heck, you could write on your wrist with a marker if that’s all you got. The important thing is getting it written down immediately.
1. Who owed you the money?
A family member? Friend? Stranger? Teacher?
Your relationship to the person in your dream is important to take note of. This is because it likely means that you feel this person is indebted to you in real life.
This is a big key to solving the mystery of the meaning of your dream. If you know who it was, you can do a lot of the solution thinking by yourself because you KNOW this person and what they mean to you in your life.
Unfortunately for both of us, I’m not psychic, so even though I can make an educated guess as to what your dream means because I’ve done the research required to figure out dream meanings, you know your life and the people in it better than anyone else.
I’m just here to guide you and walk you through the critical thinking steps.
2. How much money did they owe you?
From a few cents to thousands of dollars. What was the amount of money that was owed to you?
This is important because it will tell you how much you feel this person is indebted to you in real life.
If it was just a few cents, it could be that you are slightly annoyed by this person or that they owe you a very small favor. Maybe they forgot to pay you back for that coffee, or maybe there is another small reason that you feel they owe you.
If it’s a small amount of money that doesn’t really matter much to you, then my recommendation would be to work on forgiving them and moving on with your life and friendship (or whatever relationship you have with them).
However, if the money owed is substantial—I’m talking anywhere from hundreds to thousands to millions of dollars—then you have a bigger issue on your hand.
If someone owes you millions of dollars in your dream, my guess is that there is a HUGE issue in your relationship.
Something this big needs to be addressed right away, and if it were me, I’d probably seek professional help with the situation.
3. Why did they owe you money?
What was the reason for them borrowing the money? Was it a serious emergency, or were they just hungry and wanted a snack?
The reason why they owe you money is extremely important because this will give you insight as to how you feel they are indebted to you in real life.
Much like the amount of money that they owe, the reason they owe you money will indicate how extreme you feel about the situation.
If it’s a trivial reason—they wanted a coffee but forgot their wallet and you bought the coffee for them—then your relationship is probably either nonexistent (in the case of a stranger) or you don’t feel like they are strongly indebted to you in any way.
However, if they owe you for a really important reason—maybe you helped them pay off debt on their house or education—then you likely feel that they are extremely indebted to you in some capacity.
Remember, just because they owe you money in the dream doesn’t mean that they owe you money in real life. It simply means that there is a reason you feel like they “owe” you for a reason that only you will know.
4. What type of currency did they owe?
The US dollar? The Mexican peso? What type of currency did they owe?
Maybe you had a dream that someone owed you in a currency that was not familiar to you. This complicates things, but we can still figure it out together.
First, let’s dive into the meaning of someone owing you in a currency that you’re familiar with or that is the national currency of your home country.
If someone owes you money in the currency that you use most often, this means that the person you feel that is indebted to you in real life is close to you in some way.
It may be a family member, friend, or someone you see frequently in your daily life—a coworker, maybe?
If the currency is not familiar to you, then either the person is someone you don’t know well or the situation is uncharted territory for you.
This takes an extra amount of detective skills to figure out what this dream means for you specifically.
After all, even though I can tell you the general meaning of dreams, each dream is unique to the dreamer and contains messages that are only for YOU. That is not to say that dreams don’t have universal meanings, they sure do, but you can personalize them to fit your experience.
5. When did they owe you the money?
How long have they owed you the money for? Are they super late in paying you back, or do they still have time?
What it means if:
- There’s still time – If they still have time to pay you back, then it means that whatever is troubling you about them in real life is still fixable and isn’t a huge deal (yet).
- It’s overdue – If they are long overdue in paying you back, then you are feeling like you’re at the end of your rope with them.
- They’re never going to pay you back – If the person in your dream is NEVER going to pay you back, then it could mean that you’ve mentally given up on the situation.
Again, only you know what this means for you and the person that you’re dreaming about.
Like I mentioned before, if you feel like your dream is sending you an important message, then only you will know the best route of action to take in your daily life.
Putting It All Together
Congrats! You’ve asked yourself the 5 important questions about your dream, and you now likely have a combination of answers.
Hopefully, having all of this information will reveal the meaning of the dream to you, especially if you have a person and situation in mind that the dream could be about.
If you are still unsure, there is always the possibility that the dream is signaling an overall feeling that you’re giving more than you’re receiving in life.
If that is the case, I’d strongly encourage you to invest in some self-care practices. It’s never good to feel depleted and exhausted from giving so much in our daily lives.
So now that we’ve (hopefully) uncovered the meaning behind dreaming about someone owing you money, let’s take a look at some related questions that you may have.
What does it mean to dream that I owe someone money?
If you dream that YOU owe someone money, then you probably feel indebted to them or guilty about something you’ve done.
Not sure where to start? You can use the same 5 questions we just went through above to find out what you’re feeling guilty about.
The beauty of this strategy is that it works both ways, so you can do some serious self-reflection by asking yourself the same questions.
I dream about my ex owing me money. What does that mean?
I wrote an entire article about dreaming about your ex. Hopefully, you’ll find some insights and answers there. Check it out here.