Leaving Drinks - What to do if you are short of cash and want visitors to pay for extra drinks in pub.
Its a mixed feeling when you are leaving a project or a company and you are inviting your colleagues and friends to see you in a near by pubs for your leaving drinks.Normal custom are that you drop an email to your close friends and colleagues and since you always feel that you may have missed someone whom you should have invited, you add a line in the end of the mail to forward the invite to anyone whom you may have missed. And then it got forwarded to lot many people you have expected. Poor you :)
In some countries and places, it the visitor which have to sponsor th drinks for you because you are leaving. However in UK, specially in England, you have to buy drinks for your visitors.
I have been to few of these leaving drinks party. In some of them I have seen the leavers paying the bill for all the drinks which his visitors are buying which sometimes goes into hundreds of pounds. If the leaver is very high in rank and can afford such bills, then there is no problems. Problem arises when someone like me who are not great earners have o foot such bills. Sometime the leavers is very shy to ask other to buy their drinks and have to bear the cost at the end. He may have saved the money for his retirement or for his family. This is a sad situation and should be avoided.
So how to manage your leaving drinks cost?
1. Decide your budget: If you are short of money and don't want to spend too much on your leaving drinks party, then you should make up a figure in mind beyond which you will not go. Then based on the this value, decide how many people you want to invite. Always may sure that you keep some tolerance limit on both your budget and number of invitees.
2. Choose a pub in your budget: Choose a pub which suits your budget. This is important as you have to choose between an expensive pub or inviting more friends because both are inversely proportional to each other. Expensive pub will mean less friends and less drinks you can sponsor, on the other hand, cheaper pub will have more friends and more drinks you can buy. I think you will choose latter where you can have more friends and more drinks.
3. Tell Upfront, how many rounds of drinks you can buy: If you are still falling short of money, there is no harm in telling upfront to your visitors about how many drinks or round of drinks you will buy and other rounds will have to be paid by them. You don't need to feel shy about this. Other option is that you can tell about how much of the total cost be paid by you and rest of the cost is divided between the visitors. Second option gives you more control over your budget. This way your visitor will also be aware of how much they can spend in the pub.
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