Eating at fancy restaurant with friends when broke
December 31, 2010 3:04 PM Subscribe
A friends birthday dinner is at a restaurant outside my price range. How can I attend and eat/spend minimally without seeming odd or drawing attention to myself?
posted by lacedcoffee to Human Relations (63 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Dinner at fancy restaurant with some old friends. It has been clarified that we will be paying for our own meals and the birthday persons meal will be entirely covered by the SO. For various reasons I want to celebrate this person and with that group of people but do not want to bring up the fact that it's expensive. What are some practical ways to spend as little as possible without drawing attention to how little I'm ordering/eating? Obviously I will not be drinking or eating dessert. But otherwise, what can I do? Order salad? Order only one appetizer for a meal? Eat lots of bread? There's no one to split a meal with btw.