10 Tips For How To Cancel Plans With Friends (Without Making Them Mad)

Okay who has ever done this: you have plans to meet up with a friend, but you have just realized that you don’t really want to hang out with them. It’s not really for any personal reason. Maybe you’re swamped with work or just don’t want to drive there and the thought of having to meet up with someone – even if you love ’em – is draining all of your mortal energy. But, you don’t want them to be mad at you for canceling.

The thing is there is a way to bail on a friend without it being a totally rude gesture. It just takes a little planning, thought and maturity! If you don’t want to be miserable sitting through an undesired hang out sesh or you don’t want your friend getting mad when you cancel plans, this is for you. Here are 10 tips on how to cancel plans with friends.

Have you ever gotten into an argument with a friend over canceling plans? How do you let a friend know you’re not up to hang out without making her upset? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Jamie

    I bailed on my friends but I offered a solution (being in 2 places in one night – one for friends, one for family). I apology and she doesn’t accept my apology and told me to forget it. And then target me in group message, calling me disrespectful and this is unacceptable etc. She needs to grow up. It takes a big heart to accept apology and she has none.

  • Niahc

    The best is to have friends that dont get upset when you cancel. Life happens and plans dont always work out. Im not going to be friends with someone who would let that bother them

  • Zoe Peters

    Hi my name is Zoe and that is VERY false. I literally just cancelled plans with my bff about 2 minutes ago and it was the right time too but she was short, subtle and annoyed with me. We had plans, well more like she had plans for me to watch her at a football game, I didn’t even want to go but said yes in the heat of the moment. Today is the day before we go tomorrow and I was worrying all weekend about this because I didn’t want to go anyway. I texted her that “I’m sorry Lizzie but I can’t go tomorrow it’s my sister’s birthday and I have to go shopping for it xxx ,” this is true my sister does have a birthday this Wednesday and this was the only day my dad was off but she just replied “Oh fine.” Usually we send xxx ‘s because we’re bestiez but not this time though 🙁

    • Bea Baker

      Yeah I just cancelled 4 month plans with my friend I see quite a lot, so I could see my best friend, who I never see. Ouch. But I tried to rearrange it, and I’m going to see her for 10 minutes today to give her sweets as my 73rd apology. She’ll be fine… I hope!

      • Jane

        “I’m going to see her for 10 minutes today to give her sweets”
        Too cute.