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Savvy Confessions: I Make More Than My Friends

This reader posted in our anonymous Savvy Confessions group, asking if how she should behave with her friends since she makes a lot more money than they do. Do you have any advice for her?

I make more money than my friends. Like a lot more. Many of them are barely scraping by while I'm living comfortably. I feel really bad about it and I try to cover up my lifestyle by not talking about the trips I'm taking and never inviting them over to see my apartment. I don't want to flaunt what I have in front of them. Many are working nonprofit jobs and are still students while I have been out in the workforce for a while and am pretty successful. How do you think I should act? It's quite stressful but I do it so that my friends won't feel uncomfortable but maybe I'm overthinking this. What do you think? I need a second opinion!

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Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years
Kudos for trying to be really considerate of your friends' feelings, but you're probably overthinking this. Your friends will accept you for who you are!
amydepwe amydepwe 5 years
If they are your friends, I would imagine they feel uncomfortable as you are acting now. Not having them over? Not sharing your life experiences?... that is what friends do! If you make more- host a dinner at your place. It will allow you to share a meal and conversation. Ask them to bring a side or dessert. It is way less expensive than dining out to do the same thing. I think your "friends" wont judge, they chose non profit and probably are not motivated by money in the first place. So I doubt you should "hide" from them. Just be yourself. You wont hurt anyones feelings I am sure...  
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