Have you ever seen that episode of Friends where it’s Monica’s birthday and they all go out for dinner, but Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe are broke as hell so they nibble on cheap appetizers, and then Ross declares that they each owe $40 because he’s splitting the bill evenly between everyone? (And then later on the poor losers stay home while the rich kids go cavorting with Hootie & The Blowfish)
Yeah, you’ve seen it. That’s what Aaron Berk’s Separate Checks is all about – not getting screwed when it comes time to settle the bill during a night out.
Separate Checks lets you put in up to 50 people and then itemize everything they shove into their mouths. When you get the check, put in the tax amount and decide what percent you’re tipping, and suddenly everyone knows exactly how much they owe.
Functionally, Separate Checks totally delivers. It’s a tip calculator and a check-splitter rolled into one. It even lets you split shared items like appetizers and bottles of wine between several people.
My only issue with Separate Checks is that I’ll never use it! I’m broker than Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe could ever have hoped to be but my laziness knows no bounds. However, if you’re more motivated and maybe getting sick of paying for other people’s food, go on and spend a dollar that will undoubtedly be paid back to you many times over in dinnertime savings.