As far as friends go, tell them the truth when they ask your opinion on something. If your best friend asks what she should do about a guy she is dating, give your honest opinion; she is asking because she trusts you, and she needs your advice. If a friend asks you how much you paid for your new tall, brown leather boots, that’s essentially your own business. Sure you spent a lot, but you worked hard for those boots! She doesn’t need to know the exact hit you took to your pocketbook.
A little fibbing here and there is common and sometimes necessary to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, starting unneeded conflict, or to assure your boss you can get a job done. However, it’s not a habit you should get used to when it comes to serious issues, such as relationship problems, or lying on a resume. If you find yourself in a situation where you think you’ll feel guilty after telling a little white lie, then this is probably a time when you should be honest. In the end, the best rule of thumb is that when something is really important to you, honesty is always the best policy.