Buying beachwear, financing vacations and replacing now-too-tight shorts are just some of the budget challenges that summer brings. Summer is a popular time for weddings, so there are gifts to buy for those, plus the requisite bridal showers and engagement parties. June through September are also the months that see the most births, so baby shower season picks up. Not to mention potluck barbeques and beach parties.
If you’re not careful, expenses for summer gifts can rack up quickly, especially if you’re trying to be a good friend and polite guest.
But what exactly are your gift-giving obligations? Is it OK to accept the stink-eye from a bride-to-be if it means saving your credit score? Can you eat the food at a baby shower if you don’t bring a gift? Is it OK to sneak your own leftovers away from a housewarming?
Here are some tips on balancing your budget and your besties.
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