NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Q: My wife and I have gone out with this couple about once every two months for the last year and a half. Frankly, they're kind of superficial and we're both getting sick of these dinner dates. How can we approach "handling" this seemingly frequent obligation?A: This will continue for a lifetime if you don't nip it in the bud!
Let them lead: Don't extend invitations.
Be busy: If they call to set up a date, postpone it.
Plan gaps: Make dates every four months instead of every two.
Group plans: Try seeing them with other couples or at a party.
Polite excuses: If they complain of less frequent plans: "We just saw you last week at _____'s birthday party!"