Who should pay? 4 tricky situations explained.

Nicola @ Vibe
August 18, 2019

It’s not always easy to know who’s supposed to pay for things. You don’t want to come across as stingy but at the same time you could be spending your money on something else.

Here’s our best advice for how to act when… 

You’re on a first date

Outdated beliefs on dating etiquette has lead to many men and women thinking they need to behave a certain way on dates. But let’s face it, in this day and age splitting the bill makes much more sense. Saying “Let’s go halves!” or “I’ll pay for the next date” are your best options here. 

You’re invited to your partner’s friend’s wedding 

You’ve agreed to come with your partner to the wedding of a friend you’ve never met before, do you have to buy them a present? The answer is YES. If you’re planning on eating their food, you should chip in for the wedding present. 

You’re using your friend’s Netflix account

After a long day at work/school/uni, logging into your friend’s Netflix account to watch your favourite series is just what you need. They’re already paying for it, so why should you? The sharing economy is great, but it’s common courtesy to give something back. You could for example take them out for coffee, or ask them to download VibePay to request a bit of money from you each month. 

You’re going to an event you didn’t want to go to 

Your friend reeeeeeeally wants you to come to a concert you honestly couldn’t care less about. Should they treat you or do you pay for your own ticket? Your best option is probably to pay for your own ticket – unless your favourite artist is playing anytime soon in which case you can swap concert experiences!

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