Navigating life as the ‘broke friend’… we’ve all been there, haven’t we?
Alam mo yung feeling na, the moment when you’re scrolling through your social media feed and your friends are posting pictures from fancy restaurants, IG-worthy vacations, or shopping sprees, and you’re left wondering if you’ll ever be able to keep up?
It’s a situation many of us find ourselves in at some point in our lives, and it can be challenging to have those uncomfortable conversations with our friends. However, what’s crucial to remember is that friendships aren’t built on financial status. There’s absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed about being the “broke friend”.
'Cause that’s life — it throws us curveballs, and sometimes, our finances take a hit. So stop the pity party; your worth as a friend isn’t measured by your bank balance. Your true friends will understand this.
It’s okay to be the broke friend
Being the broke friend often falls into two categories: you become the perpetual no-sayer to the point people don’t invite you out anymore, or you suffer by constantly playing catch up. So, sino ka diyan?
But hey, just a friendly reminder — your worth isn’t determined by your income or how much you have in your wallet. Everyone’s journey is unique. You’re just going through a financial “rough patch”. It’ll pass, kaya mo yan!
Real friends appreciate you for who you are
Being the broke friend doesn’t mean you can’t contribute in more meaningful ways. So just be yourself. Stay connected and continue offering your support, love, and understanding. Be there to celebrate their achievements and lend a helping hand when they need it. True friendships are built on mutual respect and care for one another, not on who can pick up the check.
Embrace free and low-cost activities
Success and happiness aren’t always confined to a price tag. The same goes to how we should treat our friendships, you know, the ones that are built on shared experiences, trust, and the joy of being together. And there’s a whole world of affordable entertainment out there!
Being the broke friend often falls into two categories: you become the perpetual no-sayer to the point people don’t invite you out anymore, or you suffer by constantly playing catch up.
Suggest activities that are kind to your wallet, like a movie night at home or a potluck dinner. Trust us, your real friends will be more than happy to join in, as they value your company over the extravagance of an outing.
Use this time as an opportunity for growth
Like we said, being broke isn’t forever — it’s just temporary (at malayo ‘yan sa bituka). Kayang-kaya mo malagpasan.
So dedicate this time to improve your financial situation, whether that means applying for a higher paying job, taking on freelance projects, or giving up a few things for sale. You can also set some financial goals, no matter how small. Maybe a little bit of budgeting can help.
What’s crucial to remember is that friendships aren’t built on financial status. There’s absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed about being the “broke friend”.
Some quick tips to get you out of being broke, for good:
Create a budget and stick to it. Suffering is not an option, unless you’re a masochist. So whip up a realistic budget that leaves room for fun.
Cut unnecessary expenses. Trim the fat from your spending by identifying and eliminating non-essential costs.
Say “no”. Politely pass on expensive invitations and outings that don’t fit your budget.
Save for a rainy day. Start stashing some cash away for those unexpected downpours.
In the grand story of life, we all take turns playing different roles. For sure, may magandang dahilan ang universe bakit nilagay ka niya sa sitwasyon mo ngayon. But being the broke friend is just one chapter in your narrative, not the entire book.
Remember, your real worth isn’t in your spending capacity, but in the genuine connections you nurture.