Opt out of a: Social commitment
The simplest way: Don’t make the plan in the first place. “Stop making plans with people you don’t want to hang out with,” says lifehacker.com. If you have to show up to an event, “Set yourself a time limit.” But know this: If you do have to break a commitment, apologize, apologize, apologize. “Even if they know you’re lying, they’ll at least see that you cared enough to apologize to them. The words ‘I’m sorry’ can go a long way.” But these are 28 things you really need to stop apologizing for.
Opt out of a: Group text
Are you held captive by the constant pinging of the group-text monster? Here’s how to slay it once and for all. If you have an iPhone, says vox.com, go to the group thread, click “details” and either hit “leave this conversation” or just “do not disturb.” The latter will keep you in the thread, but you’ll stop getting notified every time someone texts. If you’re an Android user, download an app called GroupXit that will silence certain message threads. If you’re in a group chat you don’t mind being in, make sure you’re following these group texting etiquette rules.
Opt out of a: Car lease
Getting out of a car lease without losing your shirt is tough. So you’ll need to take matters into your own hands by transferring your lease to a third party. For a fee, companies such as Swapalease and Leasetrader will help facilitate such a deal. “It was outrageous what I would have had to pay: $10,000 to $15,000 just to pay off the lease,” Sharon Covington told edmunds.com. But she found someone to take over her $550 monthly payments via leasetrader.com and the whole transaction cost just $250. Find out how to outsmart any car salesperson.