Q: A question about dinner gift certificates: say I have a fifty dollar gift certificate to a restaurant where we are dining with another couple whom we always split the bill with 50-50. My wife says the certificate should go towards the bill and the remainder should be split, I say that if the bill is 100.00, the certificate is my half of the bill. Who’s right?
A: In the future, it is probably better to just go out to dinner with your wife and enjoy the gift certificate together so this dilemma doesn’t arise. In a generous frame of mind, when using the certificate when dining with others if you split the bill, you would apply the gift certificate to the total and share the difference. Otherwise, it would be best to ask for separate checks so you can pay your bill with your gift certificate and not feel as compelled to have to share.