Fun group dinners can quickly turn into nightmares when the check arrives. Should you split it equally? What if you didn't order an appetizer but Dave got chips and four drinks?
It can be awkward to end a lighthearted outing by talking about money or by asking the waiter, "Can we spread this across 17 credit cards?" But holding yourself and your friends to a few simple ground rules will help you avoid any tense conversations.
First of all, unless you agreed on alternative plan beforehand, be prepared to split the check evenly, no matter what you ordered.
"Be mindful that even though you ordered a salad, someone else may have been a heavy drinker or decided to order the most expensive meal," Kimberly Pope, founder of The Pope Institute for Polish, Poise and Etiquette, tells CNBC Make It. "Be okay about the fact that you're going to be contributing to that person's meal."