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How to Say ‘No’ to Friends

  January 11, 2022  |    #Eliminate Debt

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You can say ‘no’ to friends

How to say ‘no’ to friends is a concern that comes up in our talks around the country. We share 7 ways to do just that here. Try them and save money! To fix saying ‘yes’ to your friends too many times in the past, get your free copy of the free 7-Step Credit Card Debt Slasher here.

How to say ‘no’ to your friends

It’s hard to say no to friends and family when they ask us to do something that’s not in our budget.

But if we let FOMO or the disease to please get us off track, we’ll never reach the financial goals we set for ourselves.

So, how do we decline an invitation gracefully? How do we say no without losing the friendships that are most important to us?

On this episode of Queer Money®, we share seven steps to get better at saying no, discussing how to turn down an invitation graciously and explaining yourself in a way your friends will understand.

We challenge you to become the Julie Cruise Director of your friends’ group, proposing alternative activities that are cheap or free.

Listen in for insight on saying no quickly, firmly and guilt-free—and learn how to stay committed to your financial goals as you pursue a fabulous life!

Hear how to just say ‘no’ to your friends:

7 ways to say ‘no’ to friends

  1. Say ‘no’ quickly
  2. Say ‘no’ graciously
  3. Say ‘no’ firmly and clearly
  4. Explain why
  5. Propose an alternative
  6. Don’t feel guilty
  7. Practice

Topics covered on saying no to friends

  • How trying to keep up with the gay community got us into debt
  • How social media exacerbates our desire to keep up with other’s Insta-worthy lives
  • Why it’s okay to treat yourself so long as you’re not sacrificing your financial wellbeing
  • 5 reasons why it’s hard to say no to friends and family
  • How FOMO and the disease to please make us say yes to things we can’t afford
  • 7 steps to get better at saying no to friends and family
  • Why it’s important to say no quickly and firmly
  • How to say no graciously and explain why you’re turning down an invitation
  • What it looks like to propose an alternative that’s free or cheap
  • Why it’s beneficial to practice saying no (without feeling guilty)
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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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