EXTENSION CONNECTION: Manage money, avoid pressure to spend

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM.

Picture this: You’re with friends and they suggest going somewhere for dinner. Your finances are tight, and you really can’t afford to eat out at the place suggested.

What would you do?

•Admit you lack the funds and say, “I really can’t afford it.”

•Keep quiet and go along — you’ll just order an appetizer and water.

•Go ahead and buy what you want.

Some people feel shame or embarrassment if they say they can’t afford to do something — but there’s nothing wrong with saying it!

Perhaps rephrasing it would help. Instead, you could say, “That’s out of my price range right now.”

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