The best excuse could be the truth but in normal circumstances telling the truth might deny you the opportunity to leave the house. If you are a minor or your partner/ parents are very strict, if you give a valid reason why you want to leave the house, they will deny you the chance.
As you plan to provide an excuse to leave the house, it should be close to the truth or else the facts will be discovered.
Studying at a friend’s house
If you are a student in school or college, you can use this excuse to leave the house to visit a friend. The probability is that you will not be allowed to go to the house if you say that you want to visit your friend. Offering the excuse of studying at your friend’s house seems to be a genuine reason to leave the house
Sample excuse: Studying at a friend’s house
Mum I would like to go to Jack’s house to study with him. He is currently the best student in Math’s, and I would like him to assist me with some assignment. Can I go?
Need to go to the library
If you want to go shopping or clubbing with college mates, you can use this as an excuse to leave the house. Everyone understands that you need privacy to study; therefore, they won’t both making calls when they know you are in the library.
Sample excuse: Need to go to the library
Dad, our exams are around the corner, and I would like to spend the entire day in the library.
Need to buy some books
This excuse can work perfectly well if you want to go shopping. If you are a student, your parents will take this an s valid reason to allow you to leave the house. Your parents might ask for some of the books you bought; you can request your friends to assist you with some books.
Sample excuse: Need to buy some books
[Mum/Dad] our English teacher has asked us to purchase some novels and storybooks to improve our skills. Can I visit the bookshop to buy the books?
Doctor or dentist appointment
You can use this excuse if you want to accompany your friend to see a doctor. When you visit a doctor, you don’t have to come back with medication. Therefore, the excuse can work. Your parents or spouse may not allow you to go if you inform them that you are taking your friend to a doctor. A problem can occur if they ask to accompany you.
Sample excuse: Doctor or dentist appointment
Morning dear, I would like to visit my dentist today for a checkup. I have had a severe toothache for the past two days.
Have an extra class in school/college
This excuse can work if you are a day student and would like to go to college on a Saturday to spent time with your classmates. Your parents will understand if you inform them that one of your lecturers has requested for a makeup class on Saturday.
Sample excuse: I have an extra class in school/college
Dad, tomorrow we are supposed to be in school for a makeup class for sociology, I kindly request to go to college tomorrow to attend the lecture.
Friend’s sick / had an accident, going to help him/ her go to the doctor
You can use this excuse if you suspect that you have a sexually transmitted disease, or you want a personal check up and you don’t want anyone to accompany you. A problem may arise if you are requested for the prescription or drugs offered once you come back.
Sample excuse: A friend is sick/ had an accident, and you are taking them to the doctor
Hello dear, Sam has just had an accident at work, and he has requested me to accompany him to the doctor.
Have a group project
This excuse will work perfectly well if you want to attend a class picnic or hike and you are sure that your parents will not allow you to go. If you inform them that you have a group project, they will take this as a genuine reason to let you leave the house.
Sample excuse: I have a group project
As part of our community nursing project, our lecturer has assigned a group project that must be submitted by noon next Monday. Our team leader has requested us to meet tomorrow afternoon for the project. I beg to join the rest of the team for the project.
Going out for sports practice/ club activities
This excuse can work if you know our parents cannot allow you to attend a gig organized by your friends. If you inform them that you are going for sports or club activities and that it is compulsory for every member to attend, they will allow you to leave the house.
Sample excuse: Going out for sports practice. Club activities
Mum, this afternoon we will have our weekly baseball practice session. Kindly allow me to be part of the team.
A friend’s leaving the country, and a group of respectable friends is going to meet her before she goes
You can use this excuse if you have been invited to a friend’s party and you are sure your parents would allow you to attend. They will consider you as an important person if you have been regarded as one of the respectable friends to a person who is leaving the country. You should take caution because if they know your friend they might call them to wish them well in the journey.
Sample excuse: A friend is leaving the country and wants to meet respectable friends before he/she goes
Mum. Do you remember dolly my childhood friend? She is leaving for the UK this coming Saturday, and she has requested to meet her respectable friends tomorrow night for a farewell party. I kindly ask you to allow me to join the rest as we bid her farewell.
I ran out of lined paper need them for assignment
This will work if you want to play with your friends and our parents won’t allow you to play. If you inform them that you don’t have lined papers and you can borrow them form your friend, they may let you get out of the house. On the contrary, they can promise to purchase the lined papers instead of borrowing.
Sample excuse: I ran out of lined paper, and I need them for an assignment
Dad, can you kindly allow me to visit Jason and borrow lined papers. I require them for an assignment, but mine finished. Can I pick some form him?
I forgot notes at school
You can employ this excuse if you want to visit your school on a Saturday or Sunday if you are a day student.
Sample excuse: Forgot notes at school
Mum, I forgot my literature notes at schools, and we will have our midterm exams on Tuesday day. Can go and pick them tomorrow morning?
The dog needs a walk
This excuse is ideal if you want to stroll around your neighborhood or visit a friend, but you are hesitant to allow you to get out of the house. Note that any of your parents can request to accompany you.
Sample excuse: Dog needs a walk
Dad, Tommy our dog seems to be very bored today. Can I take him for a walk?
Going to visit the gym (thinking of joining)
The excuse can work if you want to accompany a friend to the gym, or you want to visit a friend who lives near a gym.
Sample excuse: Going to visit the gym
Mum, have you noticed that I have gained a lot of weight of late, am thinking of joining a gym. Can I visit the Superman gym tomorrow evening?
A friend is having hard times and wants to discuss
You can use this excuse if you’re going to visit your friend and your spouse or parent won’t allow. If you inform them that your friend is going through hell and wants to discuss the matter with you, they will let you visit them.
Sample excuse: A friend is having hard times and wants us to discuss
Dear, Samantha had called me yesterday, she is going through a tough time, and she wants me to offer her advice. Can I visit her this evening?
Things to consider when using an excuse to leave home
- Your excuse should be near to the truth or somehow linked to the truth, so in case of emergency they can reach you
- Make sure your mobile phone is not silent
- Tell at least one person the truth about where you are going and when you’ll be home
- Double check cash in your pocket and mobile credit