I told my friend I couldn't do something because we didn't have the money.
We have all been there....friends invite us out to something, and even though you know you really don't have the money to spend....you go anyway. Remember the Friends episode where they all go out to a fancy dinner, and Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel get next to nothing to eat, but then when the bill comes they are expected to chip in on everyone's meal. In case you missed it...here it is:
My girlfriend stopped by the other night while out for a walk (she called my phone and said "can you come out and play??"). So I sat on my porch for 2 hrs talking about everything and nothing.
She is doing the Electric Run tonight. It is a fundraiser for March of Dimes, and it sounds so fun! It is a 5K run/walk at night, and the path is lit by black light, so participants are encouraged to wear neon so you glow in the dark!! My girlfriend is one of those over the top people (in a good way) and has glow in the dark make-up in addition to an orange shirt, orange shoes.....she even made glow in the dark lip gloss.
Come on Mysti....it will be so fun....come do it with me! You and G-man can get a sitter, and make a night of it! Or if G-man doesn't come, you can just ride up with us! C'mon!!!
Entrance fee: $65-$70
Matching clothes to all the other team people: At least $30, not counting shoes that I would need as my sneakers are shot (and have been for about a year!)
Drinks/Food/Misc during and after the event: $20-$30
I was at $115-$130, and that is being conservative. If we got a sitter so G-man could come and cheer us on (he would hang with the other hubbies, and yes, he knew at least one)...add in another $50 for sitter, and up the Misc category to at least $50 This scenario put us at closing over $200 for the evening.
I didn't say NO on Thursday, told her I would talk to G-man. But I had already decided we didn't have this money available (especially not with the kids' birthday in a few week, remaining school supplies, and some of the other things I haven't talked about yet).
Friday she texted me if I was in...and I said No....honestly, we don't have the money right now. She wrote back, I know (which means that she doesn't have it either, but is doing it anyway). I said, maybe another time.....and have a great time!
In the past (and honestly, not that far distant past), I would have done it. I (and we!) get so few nights out without the kids. But I just couldn't justify $$$$ at this moment. So our Saturday evening will probably be spent just hanging out, maybe playing a game with the kids. Maybe we will go continue to work on the back to school shopping list. Or maybe we will wander around Home Depot and continue to plan for distant projects and stop for ice cream on our way home.
It will still be a nice night.