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The Ps and Qs of Friends, Family and Money

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  • The Situation: Your work friends all want to go in on a gift together, but no one can agree on a fair amount to contribute.

    In this situation, you want to take control and be the money collector, says Rowley. Decide what you'd like to contribute, spread the word and welcome everyone else to chip in as much as they'd like. "But you have to decide that you won't be resentful of people who give more or less than you did." If you'd rather settle on a more uniform contribution, then send out an email asking everyone privately what range of amounts they're comfortable giving, suggests Lizzie Post, spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute. "Once you've collected the high and low end of everyone's budget, you should be able to figure out something that will work for everyone."

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