Join Early Retirement Today
View Poll Results: When Eating in a Group, How Do You Settle the Bill?
Divide and Conquer 40 53.33%
Folks put in their estimates, last person covers the rest 2 2.67%
Folks put in their estimates, last person puts in estimate, then the fun begins 7 9.33%
other 26 34.67%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-23-2016, 12:21 PM   #61
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,860
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodi View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by W2R View Post
I love figuring out the bill, the tax and tip, and who pays how much, in my head. F is a brilliant engineer so naturally he loves performing this little arithmetic computation in his head, too. So, even though we each have calculators with us, we do not use them. Instead we each figure out the bill independently in our heads, as a double check. This little math exercise is a great little pleasure for us as we prepare to leave, like a dinner mint but not fattening.
I like this - Fun with Math!!! My sister and I are the same way - both math nerds who have fun doing mental math.
That's something I love about this forum - - like minded INTJ math/engineering nerds.

I think I have a system figured out. First I add up what each of us ate separately, and determine the difference (usually his is more because I drink water instead of a soft drink). Then I add up the food, tax, and tip, to figure out what the rounded total should be; then subtract the rounded difference I just computed, and divide in half to get what the lesser amount should be. Then re-add the difference to get the greater amount for the other person. Then add both together to make sure the total is correct. Then check to see if F got the same result. I think my system works better than his but I could be wrong!
__________________

__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #62
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
redduck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 2,053
Quote:
Originally Posted by W2R View Post
That's something I love about this forum - - like minded INTJ math/engineering nerds.

I think I have a system figured out. First I add up what each of us ate separately, and determine the difference (usually his is more because I drink water instead of a soft drink).. ..
OK, but do you take it into account if you eat three or four bites of F's. food?
__________________

__________________
Carpe cōleī
redduck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2016, 01:17 PM   #63
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 7,885
Quote:
Originally Posted by W2R View Post
...
I love figuring out the bill, the tax and tip, and who pays how much, in my head. ...
I'm impressed. No way could I do that accurately all in my head. I usually round up in my head and add integers. For example, I'd remember the meal that I order. Say, $12.50. So in my head the running total is $13. Then if I order soda to drink, I'd add that as a rounded up integer. But things get tricky as sometimes I'd order a soda without taking a good look at the menu (they aren't the easiest to find). Then again, does the place give free refills? Probably, not not sure. Plus, I have to guess on the tip and tax too. My strategy now is to surrender to a tipping app and do the calculation for what I ate and drank after looking at the check. I trust that more then keeping the totals in my head. Also, like is grade school math, I can always show my work if needed .
__________________
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2016, 03:21 PM   #64
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 12,964
McDonald's always makes me pay upfront...
__________________

__________________
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why do we spend so much on going out to eat? HawkeyeNFO Other topics 75 09-15-2012 08:29 PM
The dust begins to settle... cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 13 06-08-2008 10:03 AM
Which brokers do/don't allow trades in IRA before funds settle? lazyday FIRE and Money 10 01-28-2007 08:50 AM
Attorney Fees to Settle Estate jazz4cash FIRE and Money 29 09-23-2006 07:26 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:36 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.