The Answers To 7 Awkward Money Questions

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Recently, I made lunch plans with a woman whose son is the same age as mine.We picked a restaurant with a large outdoor area the kids could play in without bugging other customers. Coincidentally, I had a PTA discount card that gives me 10 per cent off food and drinks at the place.

Saving 10 per cent for doing nothing other than pulling a card out of my wallet seemed like a no-brainer, except I was worried I would look cheap for busting out my savings card in front of a woman I barely knew.

Sticking to a budget and having a social life isn’t always easy, so I asked etiquette experts to weigh in on seven tricky money situations.

Is it OK to use a coupon on a date?

It's date number two, and you've ordered too much. Can you ask for a doggie bag?

What if your co-workers eat out every Friday and start asking why you won't join them?

Should you ask for separate checks?

What if friends pick a pricey restaurant?

Can you ask people to take you out for your birthday or do you have to foot the bill?

Should you argue if a friend hasn't paid you back yet?

Face it: Some people are better with cash than others...

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