Last week I asked my fabulous, One Frugal Girl readers how they would handle a situation in which they were asked to foot the bill for the food and drinks of other people at a party. I decided not to include the details of what I actually did, so that I could read unbiased comments from my readers.
This was an interesting scenario for me and I bet that you will be surprised by reaction to this situation. Normally, as One Frugal Girl, I would have gone over the moon at the thought of paying for other people. If you like to eat expensive food or you’re a big drinker than I think you should back up your choices by paying for what you eat and drink. I would never expect someone else to pay for me, so I sure as heck don’t expect to have to pay for someone else.
Normally in a situation like this I would have made a bigger commotion over splitting the bill. After all, I certainly didn’t eat much and I drank water all night, so my portion of the bill should not have been $38. I think in this situation, and situations like this one, that people should try their best to track their food and drink selections and pay accordingly. As Donna commented on my previous post, I would have been fine with splitting the bill if the difference between our meals was just a few dollars, but in this case the difference was much greater than that.
Having said that, I will admit that in this particular case I did not act frugally. Rather than making a big stink I agreed to split the bill and then handed over my credit card. The fact is that this party was a celebration of a dear friend’s birthday and I did not want to spoil my friend’s night by squabbling over the bill.
Do I think that a situation like this should never occur? Of course, I do. But sometimes it is necessary to speak up and fight for what’s right and sometimes it’s best to let the celebration continue. In this case I decided my friend’s happiness was worth the additional expense.
I’m sure a lot of my readers will disagree. I’m sure a lot of you think you should always tow the frugal line. While I follow those rules 90% of the time, I must admit that sometimes I think other things in life are more important than money.
If you think I should have done something different in this situation feel free to leave me a comment.