Dear The Broke Socialite,
Graduation time is here! I typically give money as a present to graduates. Two years ago I gave $100 to a high school graduate, the daughter of a very good family friend. Now their son is graduating and while I want to give him the same amount, I also have 2 cousins graduating from college at the same time.
What do I do? I feel like I should give the son of my friends the same amount that his sister got, but honestly I had more money to give then and only one graduate that year to bless.
Oh, let me point out that I got an actual graduation invitation from my friends well in advance, that I don't plan to attend, but will go to a family celebration. And when I got the invitation, I put his gift money in my May budget right away.
But I just got an invitation from my cousin yesterday--and the graduation is next week in Illinois. I haven't received an invitation from the other cousin yet, but I think she's graduating in August. I believe that my cousins will have a joint family celebration in August, but I'm not certain.
Should I give $100 to my friend's son (the same amount I gave his sister 2 years ago) and give what I can to my cousins, or give equally to all 3? Or see if there will be an invitation to a family party for my cousins and give what I can at that time?
What should this dear reader do? What would YOU do?