How to Host Just About Anyone Without Losing Your Mind

Whether your in-laws are dying to visit your city or you’re the first of your friends to buy a house that isn’t the size of a prison cell, you’re bound to play host at some point.

We’re not talking inviting a few friends over for an intimate dinner in your backyard, either. We’re talking long-haul guests that set up camp in your living room, invading your life while you resist the urge to make up some illness that requires immediate medical attention — and them to leave a few days early. But have no fear: with the right tools and mindset, hosting guests doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here’s how to host the various couch-crashers in your life.

The In-Laws

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The key to staying sane when your in-laws come to town is keeping them out of the house as much as possible. The last thing you want is a mother-in-law with too much time on her hands combing through your dresser and deciding you need a lesson on how to fold laundry. Take them out on the town until they’re so exhausted, they don’t have the energy to pry or criticize. If you really want to keep their judgment at bay, use your Mogo Prepaid Visa Card to purchase tickets to a play or a nice dinner — your in-laws will think you’re being courteous, not strategic; and they’ll appreciate your hospitality — even if your living room carpet could use a good shampooing.

The Last-Minute Guests

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These are the friends who secretly decided months ago they would crash at your place when they passed through your city on a road trip, but waited until they were ten minutes away before actually asking you. While you don’t want to leave them sleeping in a Burger King parking lot for the next few days, you also need to lay down the law. Limit the amount of time they spend at your house by telling them you’re expecting guests. Make these guests sound ultra-unappealing, too — perhaps you’re hosting your in-laws? Whatever you do, be clear about their deadline. Free spirits are fun to have around for a day or two, but don’t give them time to contemplate what it might be like to turn your house into a commune. To end their stay on good terms, show them you care about them (and their non-existent budget) by linking them to our food truck blog — they can dine outside for under $10 while they’re back on the road.

Your Partner’s Obnoxious Friends

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While you love your partner to death, there are some things you’ll never understand about them — like their loud, obnoxious friends. To make hosting them work in your favor, do the opposite and bail out. Tell your love you want them to enjoy their time with their friends, and that you’re actually going to do the same. Then spend the next few days with a friend you haven’t caught up with in a while. Use your Mogo Prepaid Visa Card (interest-free) to buy your host a small gift and don’t be the kind of guest that hosts need a manual to handle.

If you can’t find a friend’s place to crash while your place is invaded by the worst part of your partner, pretend to be super considerate and get them off your couch for the night by sending them to a free outdoor cimema under the stars.

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