Hello, I’m a 26-year-old female who recently left a less-than-ideal job and fortunately secured a new position. The new workplace seems promising, aligning well with my skills, and the staff is friendly.
Today, I went in for what was supposed to be a 2-hour trial shift, and my supervisor was impressed, offering me the job on the spot and extending my shift for the day, which I happily accepted.
During the lunch break, my colleagues discussed the idea of going out for some “getting to know each other drinks,” which sounds like a great way to bond.
Unfortunately, I find myself in a tight financial spot. My previous job paid weekly, while this new one pays monthly, on the 1st of each month. This means I have to make a week’s worth of minimum wage pay last for a full 31 days. I’ve managed to cover my rent with the savings I had, and the little money I have left is earmarked for groceries (I’m a budget-conscious person). However, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I can’t even spare £4 for a quick drink.
It feels like a lot to share with people I’ve just met, explaining that as a 26-year-old, I have no savings due to debts accumulated during my teenage years when I was homeless (and used a credit card to get off the streets, a decision I don’t regret).
Today, I made an excuse about being busy, but I don’t want to come across as rude by declining friendly invitations for an entire month. Any suggestions on how to handle this? Normally, I’d offer to host people for a casual dinner when I can’t afford to go out, but it’s a tight-budget month, and I’d be serving them a week’s worth of my budget meals.
I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thank you in advance!