Recession etiquette?

I’ve been trying for weeks to start a discussion about how to navigate awkward conversations over money and jobs in this recession.

I’m not having much luck.


That makes sense. Talking about money or jobs in good times is tough enough and can be excruciating in times like these, especially in a place like Minnesota, where… we … just … don’t … discuss these things.

The problem is the advice that’s out there is pretty lame: be nice, do this, don’t do that.

We really learn through story telling here at MinnEcon and like to think of our site as a digital campfire. So sit down and share a story.

You know your buddy’s unemployed. You’re out for dinner and you know he really can’t afford it. But he doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him. Make a big deal about trying to pay and you may make him feel worse. How’d you get through that?

Maybe you lost your home to foreclosure or a short sale. Friends and relatives don’t know what to say. How do you make it so you can talk about it?

Tell us one story about an awkward money conversation with friends or family and how you worked through it.

Share your story and you might be able to help someone else figure out what to say. The stories we share make us all smarter.

If you’ve had to navigate recession etiquette, tell us how you did it.

  • Rick Mons

    I get together with a number of friends and former workers for breakfast or lunch. When calling and making arrangements, I’ve changed it to having a cup of coffee at a coffeeshop or grabbing a beer when & where I know it’s a “happy hour.”

    Purpose was not to eat but to get together and catch up with each other. Works just as well at a lower cost.

  • Paul / MinnEcon

    Rick, thanks. When you get together does everyone update their financial situation?