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chico_001 | | Nov 4, 2009 09:22 AM

I have a gift certificate of $100 for a restaurant. I am going to dinner with my girlfriend and three other friends.

I am planning to use the gift certificate to pay for my meal and my girlfriend's meal. I'm not sure we will be able to order $100 of food. The amount remaining cannot be reused at another time. What should we do with the remaining amount? Should we have one single bill for the party of five or individual bills?

My worry is that if we have one single bill and the meal comes to a total of $200, we will use the gift certificate and then divide the remaining amount in 5. So ($200 - $100)/5, which means that my girlfriend and I will pay $40 more.

Or will it look cheap if we have separate bills for everyone and we just waste the remaining amount?

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