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The Ps and Qs of Friends, Family and Money

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  • The Situation: You always host family holiday gatherings, and no one ever offers to chip in.

    Change the tradition and host a potluck, says Post, whose own family hosts a 20-person Thanksgiving where everyone is assigned an item to bring. Make sure everyone knows well ahead of time that things will be different this year, and let people volunteer to bring something before you start assigning recipes to make and chores to do—otherwise you may come across as being bossy.

    Another option is to email a list of needed items that people can sign up for. "You want to have lists and tasks ready so everyone knows what they're responsible for," says Post. And to avoid hurt feelings, keep Rowley's advice in mind: Always add non-monetary tasks to the list—like organizing the sack race or coming up with a seating plan—so relatives who can't afford to contribute financially can still be involved.

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