I'm a male software developer at the age of 25 in Austria who started his career about 2.5 years ago. Before my "real" career I was quite a social loser, I screwed up in school because I was "bored" and so I had trouble finding a job. During that time I met a lot of (good) friends who were in a similar position.
After I finally put my stuff together, I managed to get a job and was quite successful at it. The past 2 years I have been promoted multiple times and, of course, also I started to earn a lot more money.
My friends, on the other hand, were not that successful, they also managed to get some jobs but earning about 1/3 of my salary.
The Problem Whenever we meet (about once in a week) and we talk about common topics I started to recognize that they start to push me out of the conversation, because I can't "compare" my problems with theirs.
A: Hey, guys, I just had the problem that my favourite TV show X was cancelled in TV, but I want to finish watching it.
B: Yeah I also heard about that, its kinda sad but we can't change anything.
Me: Well, I think I already have seen the show on Netflix, I can lend you my Netflix account if you want to finish watching it.
A: No thanks, I don't want to watch on your account, I will just wait until they release it on another channel ....
Later in that conversation
Me: Well but they also cancelled show Y on netflix, it finally showed some nice character development.
A & B: And why don't you just buy more accounts to watch it elsewhere, you have the money dude.
No matter what the topic is, in the end, it just turns out that I have the money anyway and that none of my problems are "real".
In the beginning, I just thought that they are a bit envious and they will stop soon, but it's getting more and more extreme, and to be honest, it hurts.
I can talk a lot as long as it's about a specific topic, but I hate small talk and I'm also having a really hard time meeting new people. Also, these guys usually are also nice people and I really don't want to lose them.
What I tried
I tried talking to them in a private conversation, explained to them that there is also hard work behind this money (Usually I have about 80 - 100 hours overtime a month) and that I don't see them through their money, I'm hanging out with them because I really just like them.
My actual question
Is there a way to just "push away" this money topic and return "back to normal"?
Solution I talked to them again, this time I used a different approach (provided by the given answer), and it really worked out nice, we finally managed to talk about other topics - thanks to everyone who (tried) helping.