We get by with a little help from our friends, and we should budget with a little help from our friends too. Attempting to be thrifty while pals blow money on lavish gifts and dinners can be a mood and friend killer. You want to eat dinner at a deli and watch a movie on the expensive cable you pay for, while they want champagne and first-class entertainment. Help one another keep the pocketbook at bay by inspiring a little friendly competition and shared savings goals. Even if you just save a little, you'll both be winners.