The Moneyist: ‘I feel pressure to attend’: My brother-in-law is being honored by a charity, but tickets cost $375. Should I tell him I’m not going?

by | May 24, 2023 | Stock Market

Dear Quentin, My brother-in-law is being honored by an organization that provides medical assistance to children of families who can’t afford their treatments. I was included on the email invitation, and the ticket price is $375 per person. I feel that it is unfair to ask an individual to incur such an expense. 

I feel pressure to attend from my brother-in-law and his wife. My brother-in-law is on the organization’s board and was part of the team that set the ticket pricing. While it may be OK for a business, it’s an exorbitant price for an individual — namely me. Should I pay the price of admission or tell him it’s too pricey and send my regrets?  Feeling SqueezedDear Squeezed, Take out two sets of scales, and weigh the following considerations: (1) the importance of this event in your brother-in-law’s life, (2) your relationship with him, (3) whether you can afford to spend $375 on a ticket for one night — to put that in context, you might spend $335 for one ticket to see “Hamilton” on Broadway — and (4) the knowledge that the money is going toward a good cause (although it does not qualify as a tax write-off in its entirety). Friendship can get …

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