When you go out to eat w/ friends, do you tell the waiter you want separate checks OR do you take turns paying the whole bill? I personally don't eat out that often w/ people to take turns footing the whole amt nor am I that close with them to pay them back or have them pay me back. I always remember up front to want to do separate checks, but at times when dining w/ new people, I feel funny suggesting it because I don't want to appear as if I'm that concerned w/ money, but then when the bill comes, we're trying to calculate who pays what along w/ the tax & tip. Just the other day, I met my pal & a friend of hers who I never met for breakfast. I remembered to want separate checks, but didn't say anything up front. At the end, we're all trying to figure out what to pay & the restaurant couldn't put a certain amt on 3 different credit cards, only 2, so someone had to pay cash. It was just a big hassle in my opinion. From now on, I'm not going to feel strange about suggesting separate checks up front, I don't care who I'm dining with. It's just MUCH easier at the end!