How to Decline Too-Expensive Outings
Webcast Q&A: 13 November 2011, Question 4
I answered a question on how to decline too-expensive outings on 13 November 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How can I politely decline outings with friends that I cannot afford? Recently, a friend proposed an outing that was far too costly for my limited budget. In such cases, how do you recommend telling the person that it's too pricey? If the person then offers to pay my way, is it wrong to accept that? I don't want to be an object of charity, nor pressure my friends into paying for me in any way.
My Answer, In Brief: You should be be up-front about the fact that you can't afford the outing, and propose an alternative within your budget.
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