Going out to a meal with friends may start out as jovial time, but it turns into every millennial’s nightmare the moment the waiter leaves the bill. Suddenly, battle lines are drawn and everyone begins their own self-serving calculation for what they owe. One guy claims he never had any alcohol so should pay less, while another says she didn’t touch the appetizers and the man – who ordered two bottles of wine and a steak asks – to just split it evenly. Fortunately, you – always the tech savant – have the app to end all splitting-the-check headaches: Tab.
Step one: you take a picture of your bill and Tab begins processing. It prompts you to enter the first person’s name – Let’s say Jeff. The next screen pulls up the items from the receipt and you simply click on the items Jeff ordered. The items will be highlighted in red saying, “Jeff got this.”
After Jeff’s items have been properly allocated, you click +Add to move on to factoring in Jeff’s dining companion, Steve. Don’t forget — Jeff and Steve picked up a meal for Steve’s girlfriend Eva.
If Jeff, Steve or Eva shared an item you can add a second person’s name to an item to split the cost. This also works if you got two of the same item and need to divide the price.
After all the meals have been assigned to Jeff, Steve and Eva it’s time to add tax and tip. Tab defaults to tipping your server at 18% but you can be stinger or more generous by simply tapping of the plus or minus sign next to the 18% at the bottom of the screen.
If the restaurant already added in tip, you can type that in and it removes the preset 18% tip.
Unfortunately, Tab isn’t always effective with calculating tax and does not have a way to add it in once you’re in the tax and tip portion of the bill. You may have to just divvy up the cost of tax by hand.
Another design flaw occurs if you include the “grand total” for the meal in the picture, Tab will pick this up as something that needs to be assigned to someone and calculated — thus doubling the price of your meal because someone has to be assigned the “grand total” as an item.
A few kinks aside, Tab does help reduce the friction at meals when it’s time to ante-up, particularly if you have a friend who tends to freeload or conveniently forgets about tax and tip when throwing in his share of the bill. Tab will help keep a few extra bucks in your pocket — unless you’re the freeloading friend!