Are your friends making you broke?

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Are your friends making you broke? Believe it or not, you can say “no” without losing them. I’m Clark Palmer with your personal finance minute.

Going out to lunch is a great way to bond with co-workers. But even if you spend just $5 a day, that’s $1,300 a year. An alternative is to save lunch out for Fridays.

If your book club or your kids’ sports team makes a habit of eating at pricey restaurants, you could suggest having a potluck once a month at your house.

And what if your old college pals want to chip in on a condo at a pricey resort? If you can’t afford it, you can suggest a more affordable option or location.

Maybe you’re itching to get a shiny sports car to compete with the one in your neighbor’s driveway. But you’re better off maintaining the car you have. New cars lose almost $400 a month in depreciation for the first four years.

You also don’t need that hi-tech cell phone to keep up with your friends. If you’re on a tight budget , consider a pay-as-you-go cell phone.

For more budgeting tips, visit I’m Clark Palmer.