Q: My neighbor is always asking me what I paid for things-my landscaping, my son’s tuition, even the clothes on my back. Is there a way to stop her without being rude?
A: If you don’t want to answer personal questions, you don’t have to. There are a few ways you can handle such nosiness. One is to respond with humor, another with a non-answer. You could say, “I paid more than I should have,” or “School is expensive these days, but it’s worth it to see how well my son is doing.” Another approach is to be vague, mentioning nicely but firmly that you don’t want to think about the price. And a third way is to be direct and say as diplomatically as possible that you don’t talk about money. Then change the subject. It’s unlikely she’ll interrogate you again.