How to make social gatherings more fun and less financially painful for some friends.
There’s a lot of pressure to keep up with my friends financially. In my early and mid-20s, most of my friends were broke and always looking for deals. Later 20s... most of us became more established within our careers but we were still just trying to figure it out. I’m now in my 30s and I’d say I’m surrounded by accomplished and well-established women who’ve figured out their careers. Some of us are successful in our careers and titles but not necessarily with our paychecks. The financial gap between friends is now from rich to barely scraping by and it’s more obvious than ever. I land sort of in the middle of the spectrum so I hear the complaints on both sides. Ex: feeling bad about picking up the group bill vs. not being able to pick up their own bill. Anyone else been here?