Why Splitting The Bill Evenly Isn’t Always the Best Way to Go

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When we go to dinner with family or friends, we often decide to split the bills down the middle in order to make things fair, or at least to help avoid that always-awkward argument about who’s paying this time around.

It turns out that’s not always the best way to do things, not if you’re looking to have the best experience possible for everyone at your table.

Basically, it comes down to one essential truth: equality and equity are not the same thing.

You have to know, roughly, how much income everyone in your life/at the table in order to make this work – because how much of the bill(s) you foot should be related to how much you’ve got to spare.

It’s just money, and these are people you care about, right?

Because you never know when it’s going to be you that needs the hand.

Your loved ones will be there to pick you up when you’re down – it’s called having a village.

If your friends really want you along, no one will mind.

And if they don’t want you along, are they really your friends?

It’s basically like a flat tax rate.


This guy on Reddit didn’t get the memo, and man, people have a lot of thoughts about this one.

How do you feel about this concept? Would you be willing to pay more if you were out with people whose income levels was significantly less?

Do you think this could cause resentment? Or that the person with more money would want more control over decisions?

Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments!