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21 Struggles Of Being "The Broke One" In Your Friend Group

I'll have the water, thanks.

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4. And then your friends go ahead and make dinner plans at a place that has more than one dollar sign on Yelp.

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Even one dollar sign is a stretch. Where's the half dollar? Or free?

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5. When your friends agree to split a bill evenly and you all you ordered was a side salad.

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There's nothing worse than paying for someone else's expensive taste.

6. When you have to micro-analyze your waiter's behavior to determine the perfect tip amount.

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Recounting how many times they smiled at you is time consuming.

8. When you're unwillingly assigned as the designated driver but no one ever bothers to pitch in for gas.

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My car doesn't run on friendship. Pony up the money.

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9. When any birthday party invitation means you have to attempt to salvage your checking account to afford a present.

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Re-gifting is a perfectly acceptable choice as well.

10. And a new engagement only means you'll soon have a registry to deal with.

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Of course the happy couple needs a $560 set of plates.

11. When you have to deal with the embarrassment of your debit card getting declined in front of everyone.

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Even the ATM machine is silently judging you.

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13. When a friend asks you to spot them for drinks but you barely have enough money for yourself.

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Leave your wallet at home.

14. When you're invited to a party and told to contribute a dish and some "good" liquor.

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The good wine is always the cheapest wine.

16. When holiday gift exchanges require you to scour every store for the cheapest gift with the most expensive aesthetic.

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They'll never know the difference.

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17. When your friend's favorite happy hour spot is still too damn expensive.

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You might as well bring your own drinks to the bar.

18. When you have to explain why your hand soap is 99% water and 1% soap to every friend that comes over.

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Germs are no match for your watered down soap.

19. And then entertain them on your one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.

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"I'm going for the minimalistic look."

21. And then feel the need to tell you how you should budget your own money.

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Just because you've got a better job doesn't mean you're some sort of financial guru.