I'd say, "That's alright, you really don't have to..." If they're like, "Aw, c'mon, a special treat!" I'd say, "Well, I mean, if you really want to, that's alright, but..." That way you're not taking advantage of them but you're also not denying them making you happy.
I'd do like always. Once a friend and I went to the swimmingpool and she wanted to pay for me. I said she didn't have too. But she wanted and didn't mind. So if people want to pay of kindness, not higher income, I let them.
It depends on the person themselves. Such as, my relationship with them. It also depends on the exact circumstances. I've gone out to places with my friends before and they've had to watch their budget and they worry about not having something to eat because they're a little low, and after some persuasion they let me pay for them. Most insist on paying me back, but I don't mind because me paying for them helps us enjoy our time together and they would do the same for me if they could. A couple even have done the same for me.
When I offer to buy something for a friend, it's because I genuinely don't mind and want to pay. So if my friends offer to pay for my meal once, I'll try to dissuade them, but if they insist I won't refuse. I'll just return the favour later on or do something else for them instead.
See this depends. I'm getting a job soon but I'll still have relatively low income. I generally offer my friends food first when I'm out with them (but as I have about 15 dollars to my name right now I currently avoid this) HOWEVER. If the friend I am out with is very close to me (example my friend Jayden who always offers to pay even when I say I can) I might agree if I'm in a low money situation seeing as we have paid for each other at various times. and of course my family can pay for me as they please. However I would either not eat while out unless I could pay for myself or refuse entirely if I'm with a friend who I'm not particularly close to.
If they outright say "It's on me. Since I make more money than you ; )" Then yes I will have a problem. But I still wouldn't refuse LOL But if they say it out of general curtesy and for our friendship, I would usually say "Are you sure?" with a soft puppy-dog face and they be like "yeah no worries" and I be saying "Thanks" happy-puppy-face LOLOLOL yes...I really can't turn down a free anything...
If they were paying for me because I make less money, I would have a problem. If they were paying for me just that one time without that thought taking an obvious presence in the situation, than I would gladly accept and offer to pay for our next outing.
I guess I'm not as prideful or whatever as most other people are judging by most of these comments, haha. If someone wants to pay for me that's cool with me! In fact I go out with a friend on the weekends often and he has a well-paying job and I'm pretty much broke always so he always pays without even saying anything about it. But whenever I can afford to I'll definitely offer to pay, just to show my gratitude.
If they offer to pay without giving a reason, I'm okay with that, but if they're like "you know, I make more than you so I'm gonna pay today" that is really demeaning to me so I'd be like "um no thanks". It's one thing to be nice, it's another to deliberately flaunt your wealth.
Honestly, I think it would depend on the situation. I have some friends that make more than I do, and they've offered to pay, but it's usually only because they just got a bonus, and feel a need to splurge. Or if they dragged me to a restaurant knowing I'm poor
If they are paying for it just because you have a lower income then I would absolutely refuse because, well, it's not like I'm a starving person, so if you really wanna help somebody help the hobos out there >___>
If they are paying for it because they JUST WANT TO I'd first try to pay myself, but if they insist, well, free food is great c:
I'd protest at least once but if they insist a couple times, i might let them pay. I had a guy friend who used to do this to me but i'd pay for my own meal as much as possible cuz I didn't want him to get the wrong idea... I also wouldn't let someone I didn't know that well pay for me.
I wouldn't let it happen often, but every once in awhile I don't mind letting someone pay for me. I've grown up frugal so I always try to order on the cheaper end of the price spectrum anyway, so my tab is rarely all that high. Admittedly, I still feel like a huuuuuuge mooch whenever other people pay for me, so, like I said, I wouldn't let it happen often. And I would try to return the favor later on when I had the money to accommodate us both.
I don't like other people paying for me unless its a predetermined thing. Like if we are hanging out and my friend is like, "Lets get something to eat, I'll pay." Then I'm ok with it, but on a normal basis I prefer paying my own way when I can.