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large group out to dinner.. bill paying etiquette. Jewels 1 child; California 762 posts
17th Aug '10

so tonight is one of my close friends bday dinner at a very nice restaurant and about 18 people are going. i am worried that im going to have to pay a ridiculous amount of money when the bill comes. im thinking of not ordering anything to eat at all and just having a drink like lemonade or whatever and saying i ate before hand (using the preggo excuse that i couldnt control my hunger before dinner)
do you think that would be okay.. i KNOW the entrees start at 20ish bucks each and plus tipping and drinks it would probably be at least 30 bucks for myself and who knows how people are going to want to split the bill.. evenly between everyone or pay for what you ordered or whatever.



i really dont want to go to the damn thing but i really want to see my friend who is also going to be the godfather for the baby.. and i havent seen him in 2 months because i just moved and our schedules have consistently clashed.
but i dont want to seem cheap either.

♥K + 1 (12 weeks) Due September 1; 1 child; Dildo, 33078 posts
17th Aug '10

I would just make sure that everyone is clear on how the bill will be split when it comes whethr its the total divided by number of people or everyone pays for themselves. I couldn't watch people eat and not eat. I lov food to much.

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
17th Aug '10

When you get there ask if they can take your orders separately and you all pay separately?

Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
17th Aug '10

Ask the waiter to have your ticket separated. It's not that uncommon for large groups like that, and I'm sure the waiter wont mind as long as you tip them.

mama gee. 3 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 29211 posts
17th Aug '10

Split the bill. Problem solved. If you can't afford to go out, then don't.

.:Saradactyl:. Due May 28; 1 child; Charlottesville, Virginia 15286 posts
17th Aug '10

Just ask to have your bill separated and ask if you can get half orders of whatever is on the menu that way it's cheaper. Also just drink water instead of ordering soda.



I usually just order off the appetizer menu when I'm trying to watch how much $$ I spend.

Jewels 1 child; California 762 posts
17th Aug '10
Quoting :.Sara Beara+1.:.{MWEC!}:
.:Saradactyl:. Due May 28; 1 child; Charlottesville, Virginia 15286 posts
17th Aug '10
Quoting charxrawr [33weeks]:
♥Danielle+3♥ 3 kids; Oregon 52371 posts
17th Aug '10

drink water and order an appetizer at least. Just request when you order to have your tab seperate

Jewels 1 child; California 762 posts
17th Aug '10
Quoting ♥Danielle+3♥:
♥Danielle+3♥ 3 kids; Oregon 52371 posts
17th Aug '10
Quoting charxrawr [33weeks]:
Jewels 1 child; California 762 posts
17th Aug '10
Quoting ♥Danielle+3♥: