Times may be tough, but here’s how to handle three potentially embarrassing situations.
Q: My friend planned her birthday dinner at a pricey café. My hours got cut at work, and I can’t afford it. Can I decline?
Q: My co-workers are going in on a baby-shower gift. How do I say I can’t spend as much as they want to?
|A: Yes. She shouldn’t be hurt if she knows your bailing is not about her, but rather about your bank account. Explain that things are really tight and you can’t make it but you’d love to celebrate with drinks beforehand.|