No matter if your group went on a wine tour, relaxed at the spa, or stayed out all night at the club, all bachelorette parties have one thing in common: they cost money. But at least dividing those costs can be easy with the help of the best apps for splitting bills with friends and bridesmaids.
If you’re playing any part in a bride-to-be’s last fling before the ring, one of the least fun parts comes when you have to figure out who owes who for the trip’s many festivities. The maid of honor booked the Airbnb, you picked up the tab for poolside snacks and cocktails, and the bride’s college bestie paid for the matching tank tops and fanny packs; But determining how much to Venmo each other is the last thing on all of your minds when Sunday morning rolls around and all you want is Gatorade and Advil.
While technology may make it harder to hide the fact that you all wore penis tattoos in public (thanks for putting that on your Insta Story, Julie!), it can help divvy up costs associated with group functions like bachelorette parties or bridal showers where multiple people end up footing the bill.
“They take out any resentment that things aren’t fair,” Money After Graduation’s Bridget Casey says of cost-splitting apps. “They make the money conversation really simple and straightforward so nobody’s feelings get hurt. That’s the best thing about these apps.”
So before you throw down your card for another group dinner during a bachelorette weekend, make sure you’ve downloaded one of these six useful cost-splitting apps.
This visually-appealing app and website syncs with your Google account and helps minimize transactions when it comes to paying each other back, or getting what’s owed to you. It also works offline and manages exchange rates for brides celebrating their soon-to-be nuptials with an international adventure.
Without even having to register for an account, this easy-to-use, free app informs groups who owes who and how much and works offline. You can create groups for different occasions or expenses, and for a busy bachelorette trip with people coming and going, you can also denote which members of the group partook in which events.
The popular free download tracks borrowing and lending over time and helps keep tabs on it all, itemizing what each person owes until everything is settled up. “I like that you can edit the amount that you're paying, so if someone got a salad and you got a steak, you can edit it for each person to what is fair,” Casey says. “If you have 10 people around a table and you’ve all ordered food and then the bill comes, you want to split the actual meal and tip. It does all that math for you and there’s no arguing about who pays what.”
Personal finance author Stefanie O’Connell recommends Tab for group dining scenarios. “It allows each person in the group to easily pay for just the items they ordered without having to ask the server for separate checks,” she says. “With Tab, you simply take a picture of your bill and the app automatically reads each item. Then each person in the group taps the items they ordered to claim them. Tax and tip are divided proportionally among each person.”
Similar to Splitwise, this free app and website allows users to create a group or event where everyone can load expenses as they arise. Then Tricount does the math and shows you the breakdown of the balances, which can be paid out on the platform of your choosing.
Venmo debit card
The Paypal-owned money transferring app offers a Mastercard that works with your already existing Venmo account and allows cardholders to split costs of individual purchases with their Venmo friends. “You simply connect your bank account to the app, then request payment from your friends through it,” O’Connell explains. You can apply for and activate the debit card through the app and then load funds onto it through your checking account, which means you can stick to the bridal party’s budget by only putting on what everyone wants to spend.