One can be cool and collected in most social settings, but when it comes to navigating the delicate art of financial etiquette, many of us likely have the grace and confidence of someone at a junior high dance held on roller skates.
“Finances are really something that we expect to be private and not share in our conversations with anybody,” says Peter Post, managing director of the Emily Post Institute and author of five etiquette books. “Even when a friend starts to talk about it, people start to naturally feel a little bit awkward and uncomfortable.”
That’s why it’s best to avoid opening yourself up to potentially awkward financial predicaments, particularly with those closest to us. Still, with finances an integral part of everyday life, some of these situations are simply unavoidable.
Here are nine instances when talking about money is uncomfortable — but probably necessary.