My in-laws asked if they could stay with us for a couple of nights. Can we ask them to book a hotel?
Honey, you're gonna have to suck it up—or should we say blow up that air mattress? Sky-high lodging costs are hard for many to swallow. If your real concern is that your in-laws have unrealistic expectations about their stay with you (like a four-star room plus gourmet dinners), paint a detailed picture of what you can offer, like an inflatable bed in the den. If they assure you they're fine with it, by all means, hide that annoyed look and make them feel welcome. (Hint: Stock up the fridge and put out some fresh towels.) After all, nearly everyone is pinching pennies these days—and we're only talking about a night or two.