Here's part 2 of our series on a Kiplinger's piece on money matters and friends. The issue for the day from Kiplinger's:
Problem: Splitting the bill at dinner.
Solution: You ordered a salad and water while your friend dined on steak and wine. Don't wait for the bill to arrive before deciding if you're going to split evenly or pay for what you ate. Bring it up en route to the restaurant or before you order. And if you have the wherewithal to treat the entire group, go for it. Just don't expect your friends to reciprocate next time you go out.
I usually plan on the following -- if I invited them out, I pay. If they invited me, I assume (and plan for) us splitting the bill. This is how we do it when my wife and I go out with another couple as well.
How do you handle this issue?