I'm usually uncomfortable when a friend mentions her lack of money during a casual conversation. The topic of money itself doesn't make me uncomfortable, but the fact that I really don't know what to say makes me feel weird. I would like to help, if I can, but I don't know what it is the expected behavior on this kind of situation.
This situation occurs when we start a conversation and when we say how things go in life. She quickly mentions her money issues as a reason that she can't do all she would like to do (e.g. going out, buy stuff might need, etc.).
I really don't know what to say so what I usually do is remain silent. The other options (that I don't like either) could be:
- Giving her some advice, but it feels like condescending or patronizing. I'm not in her shoes, so advice that would apply to my life would be easy talk.
- Changing topic, but it feels like I don't care and maybe rude.
- Remaining silent, and waiting her to say something else, that seems awkward.