(Closed) Help us divvy up vacation expenses

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: What is reasonable to contribute to the costs of the suite (approx. $300-350)?
    Nothing. You were told it was free. (And hey, you didn't really sleep given the bad couch) : (13 votes)
    57 %
    $25 (a token amount - told free, they had 2 rooms to our living room, and real beds to the couch) : (1 votes)
    4 %
    $50 (~1/3 of sister's share - they had two rooms to our one) : (7 votes)
    30 %
    $75 (~1/2 of my sister's share - 2 "units," each pay equal) : (1 votes)
    4 %
    $100 (~1/3 of suite - 3 units, each pay equal) NOTE: Sister would pay $50 then (parents paying 1/2) : (1 votes)
    4 %
    $125 : (0 votes)
    $150 (~1/2 of the suite, or ~1/2 of my sister's share for 2 nights) : (0 votes)
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I would do either $50 or $75, just to keep the peace.

    Post # 4
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t know that I would pay anything (as you were told up front that it would be free).  I guess to keep the peace, I maybe kick in $30-50.

    Post # 5
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Send your sis a giftcard to their favorite restaurant for enough for dinner.  If it’s Applebee’s – $25.  🙂

    Put it in a thank-you card and thank her for inviting you.  That way you’ve “given” her something but not “paid” for anything since you probably wouldn’t have committed to something that cost you (right?) and would have demanded better if you were paying. 

    Post # 7
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I wouldn’t pay anything since it was supposed to be free and you wouldn’t have gone had you known you’d be asked to chip in. If you do decide to throw down a few bucks to keep the peace, I DEFINITELY would not pay anywhere close to 1/3. You slept on a shitty couch while everyone else had the luxury of real beds. That’d be worth $30 tops for me.

    Post # 8
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I was going to say that you should pay 1/3 or half your sister’s share just to be nice. But it was promised as a free room, I don’t think you should pay. I wouldn’t start family drama over it, just explain that you wouldn’t have come if it hadn’t been free.

    Also, I don’t understand why your parents are coming to you asking you to pay your sister’s share. If anything, I’d think that she would mention it to you if she needed help with her share. Is there something going on with her that she can no longer afford to pay for the room?


    Post # 9
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am totally confused as to why you are paying your sisters share? What am I missing?

    Post # 11
    2009 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t pay at all.

    Post # 12
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’d just tell your parents you’ll take care of it with your sister and send her a nice card, gift card optional (now that I know you haven’t had a job for 2 years).  I’d NEVER ask my bro to come out to something FREE for his BIRTHDAY then expect him to pay for it.  Maybe mom is just offering you an easy way to chip in if you wanted to, but I’d politely decline. 

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