Have You Ever Thought About Quitting Money?

“He had heard people speak contemptuously about money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.” – W. Somerset Maugham

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  1. shea hey

    I'm very excited for this post. This is where I fail in my budgeting, all too often. I'm guessing its an ego thing. Even if I can say no, the explaining why I can't is what gets in the way. And I have awesome friends that would offer to pay or buy things for me, but thats not my intention when I say no, so even more guilt comes with it.

    Looking forward to reading…

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  2. Laura

    When someone suggests we meet for a drink or a meal, instead of saying no, I offer an alternative plan. (Alternative plans are a great way to not be seen as a negative "no"-sayer, and to continue being invited to do things in the future)

    The alternative plans that I suggest are things like coming over to my place to share a bottle of wine or coming over to my place to cook something together. I've also had luck with free screenings of movies or meeting someone for coffee at their place (I bring bagels for breakfast).

    Most people are happy to save money for themselves. They mostly want to just spend time with you and catch up, so the activity usually isn't that important, but we often default to a meal or drinks out.

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  3. clutteredmoney

    We have friends who are trying to save money & or are paying off debt, but we have friends who don't really look at their finances. I feel very guilty about spending money on dining out or drinking in bars when we can do both of those things at home for a lot less money but don't want to be negative nelly either by always saying no. I totally agree with @Laura and recommend coming up with cheap/free alternatives to have fun.

    @Laura has it right, your friends/family would rather spend the time with you and I do the same thing. I always have people over at our house and we pot luck it. I cook the main dish and a couple appetizers but our friends will bring the beverages (booze, juice, soda etc) and a side dish. We play games (my personal fave is scrabble), watch dvds or play dance central on the xbox (love!!).

    Some other things I suggest is to come up with is going to the park for play dates with the kids, going for runs, going hiking, go to the beach when it's hot out. I sometimes get free movie tickets so if my hubby can't make it to a movie, I ask a friend and we can catch a movie and then head back to my place or hers to have a light snack or dinner.

    I think we forget that spending time with people doesn't mean you have to go to a restaurant, bars or the mall. It can be free and just as much fun.

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  4. Stitchybritt

    I totally agree with you and the other commenters – this is the hardest and often biggest downfall in my budget! We've often got friends visiting from out of town, friends who want to catch up and check out the latest restaurant, even Friday drinks can be expensive! A clever budgeting friend of mine once told me "eat at home, drink out", which does help. I've also had success with picnic in the park days, also hosting dinner, movie night or even board game night (which was hilarious) at our place.

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