When my friends and I travel, we usually have the same roles over and over, and it works really well every time! One person (usually the same girl every time) is designated the "treasurer" and handles all major expenses/purchases. This means she books the accommodations, travel, vehicles, etc. on her card. She then divides these up and we all pay her -- easy! Usually the other roles deal with planning, logistics, etc -- whatever works for our personal strengths. When we did this on a recent girls trip to Europe, it worked out wonderfully. I handled planning/logistics, and my friend handled the money. With all major items pre-paid and out of the way, it was much easier to then just take turns picking up the tab for dinner/drinks/snacks. Since we all had similar eating and drinking habits, it wasn't a big deal to split hairs over the dinner bill or a round of beers...at least in a small group. One of the best things we did, which I will always do for future road trips over a lengthy period of time, is to designate a certain amount that we all "pay in" for gas, tolls, etc. When the trip is over, we just divvy up whatever is leftover. That way there's no splitting hairs over how much of a "tank" each person paid for upon filling up. When we plan our annual 12-person camping trip, again, we have one treasurer who books and pays for everything, and everyone pays her back. We have a second "meal person" who sets the menu for the week, and then divvies up items for each person to bring -- it all ends up pretty even, and then individually we are on our own for certain meals, booze, gas money, etc.! I've worked off the same system for many years with the same group of friends, and I have to say, it's super easy and relatively stress-free! And it works out well for the treasurer, who takes on the money-stress, to get her airline miles.
Congratulations!! I know that feeling all too well... when I got mine about a year ago (After about an 18 month search as well) I literally jumped up and down for like 5 mins, and maybe cried a little. Feelings of self worth and normalcy restored :) :) GO YOU!!
Ohhh NEW question -- and I've seen this vary so widely -- what do you do about tipping when you order carry out from a restaurant you would normally tip in? I always feel obligated to tip (usually the bartender) SOMETHING, but I feel like the standard 20% is too high bc...well I'm taking it to go. Thoughts?
@Lily Rowan Ugh has anyone had the customer feedback "You were amazing today, great service, really excellent" and then gotten like 10%? It's like they think compliments earn them a tipping discount. It doesn't.
@polka dots vs stripes I'll usually tip if I'm ordering food that has to be delivered to my table? But I never really know what to do about those either!
@readyornot It happens. A good, honest server will usually highlight or indicate the service charge for you, but at the end of the day, it's your responsibility to check the bill! Usually service charges are at either 18 or 15% anyway, so a little bump usually evens things out!
@echolikebells As long as you can make your ends meet, tipping generously is never unwise... it just builds up good karma for the future!
It's pretty clear to me that Alex hasn't worked for tips, ever. The standard in my family, which is staunchly low-mid to middle class, has always been 20% plus. I've never been able to understand how people think tipping is optional. IT'S NOT! Waitresses and waiters are basically paid an hourly wage just barely high enough to cover their paycheck deductions. Most don't even get checks! When it comes to 'poor service,' as a former server/bartender, I can attest to the fact that it's usually under staffing, poor kitchen management, or finicky customers that result in poor/slow/forgetful service, not necessarily a bad server. Of course exceptions exceptions exist for bad or apathetic attitudes--If I get a bad attitude, I'll drop to 15%; egregious behavior gets 10%. But never 0. Even if the service is bad, you still have to pay for services you receive. But if I get sub-par service from a truly apologetic/obviously overworked server, 20% every time.
I have...24 eggs currently. That sounds like a lot. Then again eggs are my breakfast (and sometimes dinner, NOT ASHAMED) staple and I buy every 2 weeks? hahaha ohhhhh eggs are so delish.