- 5 years ago
I love my coworkers. Really, I do. So far they’ve been nothing but nice to me. It seems like a really close work enviornment and I feel like I really lucked out in that department. I’m even hoping some of them can be outside of work friends once I get to know them a bit better. But the problem is that getting to know them usually involves going out to lunch and spending a lot of time out of the office (I’m paid by the hour so that means less money for me) and spending more money than I want to on food (usually less healthy food that I bring myself). They pick expensive places too where even the soup and salad is over 10 bucks.
If they ate in the office I’d happily eat with them every day, but they go out at least 3 times a week. I don’t mind ponying up if it’s someone’s birthday, but I’m on a tight budget and I’d really prefer to take my lunch every day (unless it’s a special occasion). I don’t think they really understand it’s harder on me than them because they all have been working there for years and make a lot more money than me through raises etc so it’s not as big a deal to them to spend money on lunches. I definately don’t want to make things awkward by bringing up that I’m poor(ish). How do I politely say no to going out to lunch without them thinking I don’t want to get to know them or be part of a team?