How to avoid picking up the check
You go out for drinks with some friends from the office. You’re having fun, so you decide to help close the bar. When it comes time to settle the bill, suddenly you’re left with a few $20 bills and a bill that is significantly more than that. So much for this month’s attempt at budgeting.
The Money Saving Blog has a 10-step guide to avoid being stuck with the check. Many of the suggestions might make you feel slightly uncomfortable, but they’ll make your wallet feel a lot fuller.
The most interesting is using a mobile payment system like PayPal to split the check. If you’ve got a phone with Internet capability, you can send payment to a friend’s e-mail address. It’s a great solution if you don’t have cash and you don’t want to split the check a dozen ways.