Splitting the Check - At Home

How to handle an awkward money situation.


The always-savvy Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz, authors of Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check?, recently shared some of their "most appalling" stories of 2008. Among the winners:

My husband’s well-heeled aunt and uncle, whom we rarely see except at big family events, invited us to dinner at their home. We accepted and, of course, took along a nice bottle of wine. At the end of the evening, our hosts thanked us warmly for coming, then told us we owed them thirty bucks to cover the cost of our food. And, no, they weren’t kidding.

Fleming and Schwarz say: "So how much did you leave for a tip?"