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How to gracefully offer help to a broke friend

How to gracefully offer help to a broke friend

Q: Your friend is broke but too proud to ask for money. How can you help in a respectful way?

If you know your friend is broke because he or she has mentioned the situation to you, then it provides a window to start a dialogue and assess what your friend means by "broke." Some people may use this term when they are squeezed for cash in a paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, while others are legitimately in need of a financial intervention because they are at risk of foreclosure, repossession of a car or even homelessness.

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