10 Flawless Excuses to Get You Out of Those Plans You Should've Never Made in the First Place

Thursday, June 23, 2016

We've all been there.

We make plans with someone, and we either didn't want to in the first place or something else comes up. And when I say something else comes up I mean all of the sudden you're four episodes deep into Grey's Anatomy, and you do not want to move. 

"What time did you want to go?"
"Hey, are we still hanging out tonight?"

We were so committed earlier but then comfort settled in and took over; unless you're an actual social butterfly and made too many plans for one night (kudos to you). Regardless, this is something we all go through. The time has come, if you don't speak up now, you're going out. How does one politely explain they would rather not leave the comfort of their bed than accompany you to some event you concocted? What you need is a solid excuse. Sometimes you can get away with a "Sorry bro, I won’t be able to make it tonight," and that's all there is to be said about it, but sometimes you feel the need to have a little bit more substance to your excuse. 

I have got you covered.

1. You forgot you already made plans with a friend (HA! Yeah, right.)

Even better, you can spice the story up by saying you've bailed on this "friend" multiple times already and feel obligated to hang out with them. Apologize, move on. This is great because if you are a person who doesn't have a lot of friends, it is a once in blue moon situation, so there is no way you’re lying. On the flip side, if you do have a lot of friends, there might be a little bit more hostility towards you, but it’s still believable. 

2. Your [insert pet here] just hurt themselves

Be careful with this one. Do not say you need to take them to the vet because if it's 10:00 p.m. this excuse is no longer flawless. I do not know of too many vets open that late. Everyone can relate to a pet scenario. Even people without pets can relate to this. No pet is too big or too small either. "My lizard almost drowned in the toilet." "My dog stepped on a bee." The options are endless. Very versatile for all personality types.

3. Blame a family member

"My brother is having car trouble; I have to go pick him up." Another good one is picking up your parents from the airport. Planes can be delayed or early. Use that to your advantage. It's out of your hands. Apologize and rain check them. You might have to return to this list if you offer a raincheck though.

4.  You're sick

Headaches, sore throat, throwing up, or cramps are all valid excuses. No one wants to move when they're not feeling well. On the other side, friends don't want to be around people that are sick. It is a real damper on their good time. BONUS: WebMD some symptoms to make it sound severe.

5. You're broke

No shame in that game. The struggle is real. You can’t come out on account of you just realized you have $0.17 in your bank account. 

6. You got called into work

It happens! Maybe you don’t have to work tonight, but you have to go to work early in the morning. You have to make the customers happy and the boss happy. If you don't work, you can’t afford to go out anyway. Ahem, see #5.

7. Woman Issues

Sorry guys, this doesn't apply to you. This excuse is FLAWLESS in every way. Guys never understand what girls are going through when it comes to that time of the month, and all girls can sympathize with one another on this issue. If you have to put up with it every month, there should be some good that comes out of it. 

8. House maintenance

Your pipes broke again? That's just great. The technician will be there between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. so please standby. Welp, he's not here yet. You are so sorry and don't think you can make it tonight. 

9. Bring out your inner alcoholic

You got drunk by yourself, and you’re still pretty tipsy. It is probably best if you don't go anywhere right now. You are in no condition to operate a car. They can't even be mad at you because it’s drunk you, not the real you making an excuse. 

10. The weather

The last resort excuse unless you are barricaded in by snow, you have to play this out very carefully. Mention your allergies because of the wind lately. That is the best route for this excuse only because allergies tend to creep up on you. It's ideal for last minute cancellations. I'll call you when Mother Nature calms down. 

1 comment

  1. I think I have used every single one of these excuses in my time...some of them multiple times. Personal fave is dropping parents at airport - anyone would think my parents are continuous jet setters ha ha!

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire


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