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by Abigail Van Buren

Daughter's Use of Birth Control Has Mom at a Loss for Words

DEAR ABBY: I am a single person who recently took a trip to an important sporting event with two married couples. My question: What should my share be when it comes to expenses?

For instance, it cost $20 to park our van. Should I pay one-third of the cost with each married couple paying a third? Or should I pay one-fifth of the cost -- with each person paying one-fifth?

I paid one-third of the parking and gas bill. Was this justified, or should I mention to the couples that I am only one-fifth of the group? -- WISCONSINITE

DEAR WISCONSINITE: Unless you are on a very tight budget, assume one-third of the expenses. Otherwise, "take the fifth."