DEAR HARRIETTE: I spent $170 on a New Year’s Eve ticket at a swanky New York City nightclub. Although I was assured everyone was going, the day of, everyone told me that they had waited too long and club prices had gotten too high. I ended up not going because I didn't know anyone else who had a ticket. My friends told me they'd buy me a nice dinner to make up for this. It's been more than a week, and they haven't made good on their promise. Should I remind them? They all admitted I was out $170 because of them. -- Cheated, Brooklyn, New York
DEAR CHEATED: Take a chill pill! Seriously, we are not far enough into the new year for you to believe that your friends are going to renege on their promise. Rather than reminding them, why not get in touch with one of them and suggest a restaurant. Assume that they are going to honor their agreement, so recommend a restaurant that you consider fun and appropriate for the friend group. You can even suggest a date in the next few weeks that works for you. If you get crickets when you make the suggestion, you will need to remind your friends of their promise. Good luck!