10 Social Obligations That Are Financially Stressful

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Hosting a friend

Even having a friend visit you gets expensive. Sure you aren’t the one on the hook for a plane ticket, but what happens when a friend visits you? First, you have to take work off, which is financially impactful if you don’t get paid time off. So you’re losing money, and now, you’re about to spend money on days you’re not making it. Your friend wants to see the sights. She wants to dine at restaurants – not in your kitchen for five days. She wants to be a tourist, and being a tourist is expensive. Turns out your city doesn’t let locals into all the attractions for free, just because they live there. You have to pay $40 for that tour your friend wants to take, too.

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