Iím one of five sisters, and our parentsí fiftieth wedding anniversary is just around the corner. My two oldest sisters made plans for a party without consulting the rest of us. Now, they want everyone to chip in $1,000 to help pay for things. Iím trying hard to get out of debt, and I just donít have that kind of money right now. How can I be fair about this?
A $5,000 party is pretty big stuff. Since you werenít asked about this ahead of time, and had no say in anything, fair
would be for you not to pay a dime! That kind of planning
without consulting the people involved and helping pay for the event is way out of line.
Donít let your big sisters lay a guilt trip on you, either. This has nothing to do with how much you love your parents. It has everything to do with communication and consideration, or in this case, a lack of these things on their part.
Just let them know, in a firm but loving way, what your situation is right now. Tell them youíd be happy to chip in what you can, but it wonít be anything close to $1,000.
And tell them next time to check with their little sisters before hatching up an expensive plan like this!