We don't always have the same money habits our friends do. If you're frugal, it can be frustrating to always turn down a friend who likes to go out and spend money. You can easily get over this by initiating the invitation.
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It seems painfully obvious, but this is an issue that occasionally pops up. Many people struggle to hang out with spendthrift friends or even a partner that's less frugal than they are. I've actually seen some money experts suggest ditching spendy friends for thrifty ones. But it seems silly to eliminate friendships simply because someone doesn't share your financial habits.
MoneyNing points to a better, right-under-your-nose answer:
This one is easy, yet it took me so long to realise that this one powerful switch can change everything. The key to being a frugal friend is to initiate the invitation, with terms that align with your budget. I tend to invite friends over for dinner at my place, or out for happy hour. I also enjoy going out for walks, hanging in the park, or going for coffee or tea. All friendships are different, but those are my frugal standbys and help show that I want to spend time with my friends, without spending a lot of money.
If you have a friend or even a partner that always makes suggestions that cost money, turn the tables. Start initiating the hangouts. They won't feel neglected, and you won't feel over-budgeted.
MoneyNing offers a few more helpful tips too. Check out the full post.
How to Be a Frugal Friend Without Being Rude [MoneyNing]