Some things in life are just better fatter. Along with eyelashes and puppies, your bank account is really at its best when it’s got a little bit of extra padding. So, what should you do if you’re finding that your up-for-anything friendship circle is sending you broke, one overpriced cocktail at a time? Well, first put down the espresso martini, then listen to finance guru Olivia Maragna. She’ll show you how to sidestep expensive friendship traps so you’re not left with an empty wallet.
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Sure, there are some times you can splurge.
But when one of you is getting by on two-minute noodles and the other drops RM200 for dinner, it’s a big problem. We’re guessing an instant-noodle degustation isn’t an option, so learn to be money-wise when it comes to catch-up locations. “When people earn more they’re more frivolous with their money,” says Maragna. “Going out for coffee is not going to cost much, but heading out on a Saturday night might end up being much more expensive.”
What to do: If you don’t need a caffeine fix, you could suggest that you have a movie night at your place, host a dinner party for two or just change the time of your catch-ups from cocktail hour to brekkie time. After all, sipping on a fresh OJ is much cheaper than a night of gin and tonics.