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February 1st

Tips for getting as much money possible from your Chinese friends and relatives.

Red Envelopes ward off evil spirits and fill one's wallet

Red Envelopes ward off evil spirits and fill one's wallet

Just a few quick tips when hustling… I mean asking politely for red envelopes. Always tell your givers you are coming in advance and tell them how you are taking the time to visit them. And keep feeding them drinks. Tea is traditional, wine works better.

If you are with your parents, be prepared to put up with whatever they say about you. Answer any question regarding your personal business. No need to lie, but don’t get too upset.

Finally, make sure you look like you want to be there. They already know you’re there for the money. Just don’t make it obvious.

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