Money Honesty is the Best Policy

honesty is the best policy

A friend of mine was lamenting her inability to gracefully bow out of events and outings that she can’t really afford.

“When my friends invite me out to dinner at a pricey restaurant or out to the movies, I hate to say no, but things are so tight around here that I can’t really afford to go,” she said.

I told her that it was better to decline and save the money than to go and end up beating herself up over the waste.

“I know, but I just don’t want them to know that I can’t afford it. I don’t want them to know how much we’re struggling.”

That was the crux of the problem. Not being able to go was one thing, but having to tell her fri


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One Response to Money Honesty is the Best Policy

  1. sunshineastcoast says:

    and what if these people are family? Part of my family is very well off and that is fine. They work hard for the money and are in careers that offer high compensation. While I have my master’s I am making under 40K. Yes I am thankful, and happy I have a job. But, I am also looked down upon because hubby and I can’t afford a vacation down the beach during peak time, I lived in a small rowhouse and saved for a house that wasn’t custom built. We do pitch in, and do the various meals, but it will never be enough. We are only middle income and while it bothers me on one level these folks were not born rich, or have that status because they are fantastic people, they just got lucky. They have a sense of entitlement that amazes me. I just don’t think that way.

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