We’ve all been there out with a group of friends where one person orders 3 drinks, 2 appetizers, a main meal and a dessert, while you had 1 drink and a main meal who asks for everyone to just split the bill. What is the right thing to do in this situation?
Today I’m discussing should you split the bill between friends when you go out or nah? I’m also asking is it mandatory to pay for your friends birthday meal and drinks? I would love for your to share your thoughts on how you do things.
Let’s start with some stats according to TheSimpleDollar.com
“The average American eats an average of 4.2 commercially prepared meals per week. In other words, as a nation, we eat out between four and five times a week, on average. This number equates to 18.2 meals in an average month eaten outside the home.”
If you don’t plan on splitting the bill it may be a good idea to let your friends and your waiter know upfront before any meal or beverage is ordered and letting them know that you’ll want separate checks. There shouldn’t be any shame in this, especially if you already have a budgeted amount of money you plan to spend and have other money goals you need to reach. Although I admit there have been some situations where i’ve been given the side eye for not wanting to split the bill, but ya’ll I am not balling yet.
lol Yes I am currently debt free, but I’m also growing a business ( While trying to be patient and not run back to a 9-5, have you read my post on my advice to those of you who want to quit your job and work for yourself? )
Speaking of budgets if you’re looking for a way to automatically save money for fun without feeling guilty make sure you add it into your monthly budget. How much money are you giving yourself for Dinners? Gifts? Even your manicure and pedicure should be budgeted for.
Once I know for sure how much money I need for all of my mandatory bills I make sure I allow some money for fun. For some people it’s hard to save money each pay check by themselves so if that sounds like you, you could look into finding ways to save money automatically.
One tool you could look into is Rize is the type of app that automatically saves money from your income. With Rize I like that I get to be in more control of how much money I’m saving towards my goals. I also get to set up multiple goal buckets. Which you know I love because when your money is jumbled into one account it’s hard to really separate in your mind which amount of money goes to what. Saving is very challenging for a lot of people, but Rize makes the entire process seamless and fun to go through.
Plus, the app does all of this in the background. You just have to set things up, and you can forget about all the hard work of saving. It’s fast, efficient and it works! There’s even a new investing feature so if you have a long term goal that your saving for you can now choose to invest the money. You can sign up for Rize and start saving today.
Let me know your thoughts below, how do you feel about splitting the bill and paying for your friends birthday dinners?
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