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My sister-in-law is constantly inviting me to parties where I feel obligated to buy stuff—like purse and candle parties. How can I keep RSVPing “no” without offending her?

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Tell her you’re having a $20 party. When she asks what that is, say, “It’s where you come over to my house and give me $20. Trust me, it’ll be awesome.” Joking! Nip this in the bud by being 100 percent direct. Say that while you’d love to hang out, you just aren’t into these parties. Chances are, if you play it cool, she’ll accept it and move on.