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How to Share Expenses on Vacation

Savvy Q+A: When Should We Divide Costs on a Group Trip?

When hanging out locally, I generally subscribe to a "What's a few bucks among pals?" mentality. My close, core group of friends share rounds of drinks or split the check pretty simply among us. However, those happy times can head south when it comes to bigger purchases like a vacation. Since hotel employees aren't splitting room costs over multiple cards, and the tanks of gas rarely come out to an equal number, it's common to find splitting oversights . . . and slights.

Then I spotted this question in the Savvy Q + A group:

I'm planning a road trip with four pals — how should we divide costs for gas, hotels, food, etc. fairly? Before, during, or after?

How do you prefer to split the costs? Offer your opinions in the comments below and then share your own money questions in this forum, too.

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