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Apply payment directly to expense/pay for individual items

When a payment is made, you should be able to select the associated expense(s) & enter a $ amount to which expense the payment should be applied to.

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    AnonymousAnonymous shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Splitwise SupportAdminSplitwise Support (Admin, Splitwise) responded  · 

    Applying payments directly to an expense definitely makes sense, and it’s a feature we’ve thought about for years, but unfortunately we haven’t found a great way to do it, even with a lot of thought. It’s difficult to support both rolling balances and item-by-item checklists on the same list of expenses – especially when different people might want to use both “settle up” styles within the same group. We also haven’t been able to find a design for applying payments directly to expenses without adding a lot of complexity, especially if paying for specific expenses is an “optional” feature and not the default.

    We do continue to think about this, so hopefully we’ll make a breakthrough at some point, but it hasn’t yet made it on to our official roadmap. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience! For now, one possible solution would be to add comments on expenses, which can help to keep track of which items have been settled up and which items haven’t.

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      • Jonathan Robert LassiterJonathan Robert Lassiter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Justin Clifford's comment makes sense! Just spent over an hour trying to calculate whether one of my roommates was partially responsible for a late fee for not paying on time. This would help a lot!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I actually disagree and hope that you will never implement this. Splitwise is great for its simplicity and rolling balance philosophy. I feel like this capability would only over-complicate things. If some guy owes me $50, I don't really care if that $50 is slated for expense A or expense B. All that matters is the guy needs to pay me $50. Despite reading every comment below to try to enlighten myself, I still can't figure out a possible situation where this would ever be useful.

        Also, "Simplify Debts" is by far the best feature of Splitwise. Applying a payment to a specific expense definitely breaks down there.

        Just wanted to share my $0.02 with the dissenting opinion.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I definitely think that these points are all valid. And to keep the topic fresh for the Splitwise team, I am adding my request for a need to somehow show a specific items as being paid. Someone suggested even a strikethrough feature that would better than nothing. Maybe this will speed up your creative juices. This feature would be worth a $.99 one-time charge if you added it!

      • Justin CliffordJustin Clifford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Came to Splitwise from SpotMe, and the way they did it was actually pretty simple. Each expense had its own balance and they were all added up into a main balance per person. If you decided to make a payment by selecting the person, rather than a specific expense, the payment would apply to the oldest amount(s) that were still not yet settled. So for example, if you had expense 1 of $20, expense 2 of $10, and expense 3 of $5, and you didn't pick a specific expense before adding a payment, and paid $31, expense 1 and 2 would be settled, with the payment being linked to both of them, and expense 3 would have $1 settled and $4 remaining, also with the payment being linked to it.

      • JesseJesse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My roommate has paid some bills but not all, so i cant make it easy without my own calculations ot figure out remainder of what he owes

      • JessicaJessica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a user who shared bills in splitwise and indicates payments for those bills

        I'd like to be able to click on a bill entered and click 'Pay/Paid'. This will then open up a settle up screen with the details which I can then updated(cost and date).

        To take this a step further, it'd be great if then the bill and payment was linked. I don't need to track the cost difference of bill to payment...just would like to be able to link.

        So that it is easier to track non-bulk payments and so that I can choose what to pay off when, especially if I'm using an integrated payment option (which I can't cause I'm in Aus :( please get PayPal working!!!!)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this feature, as suggested in the comments a strike through or icon will be sufficient!

      • HeatherHeather commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A suggestion to this issue could be to strikethrough all expenses that have been paid for when settling up. That would be helpful for those who dont pay the full amount but want to show what has been paid for at that time.

      • HeatherHeather commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Add an icon on the main page or when clicking on individual items to show paid expenses or just change the expenses that are paid to be a lighter color such as grey or strikethrough the text to show it was previously paid. For those that enter in expenses early such as the Electric bill that is due in 2 weeks it can get confusing when it gets paid for early since the "person paid $ on this date" shows up before that item is actually due so it looks like it wasnt paid yet.

      • Luke SavyLuke Savy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pleaseeeeee add this feature. This is the ONLY limiting feature for this app. I so badly want to use this but this simple lacking feature is preventing it from being great.

      • Karandeep S GrewalKarandeep S Grewal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello I have just started using split wise. Great app. It would be great if there is possibility to settle each bill separately. If I entered 3 bills from friend Sam so instead of deducting amount from total amount owing .. It may settle it towards 1st bill so that way it's easy to track which bill is settled . In this case 2 bills are still outstanding. It will also make easy to make partial payments towards bigger amount owning. Thank you

      • chylinski.kchylinski.k commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think it would be very useful to be able to tick a completed bill.
        So for example - if I need $150 for Utilities and $100 for Rent, and I receive $150 from my friend for Utilities but they still owe Rent...
        I should be able to select an option "Utilities has been settled"

        Does this make sense?

        Instead of just adding all debt together it would be nice to be able to view it categorized and then select which has been paid off.

        Thanks!!!

        Kamilla

      • ashutoshashutosh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In group, if there is particular bill for trip or dinner, i just wanted to clear that amount. I shoulb able to repay only that amount by selecting particular bill.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You have a great product that's pretty easy to use. I'd just suggest adding a feature that allows you to pay Splitwise the total amount you owe to the entire group (and Splitwise then divides it automatically) rather than having to personally enter multiple transactions. Seems like a relatively easy fix that would make the payment process much more efficient.

      • Sagar shahSagar shah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey, actually i have IOS 8 and I upgraded my split wise application. But due to your bug I can't open this app. Please give me some solution ASAP

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let users grey out a payment, but still leave it visible. If something was settled up offline, how do you do that per payment instead of including in the large settle up total.

      • shekhilshekhil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi,

        In India, Why not tie up with Paytm and make the payment easier. Similar to Uber cab service which has tie up with Paytm for payment in India. This would ease the transfer atleast for certain expense brackets. It would be great if all major banks as well as wallet options are provided. The assumption for bank accounts would be the user has added the details of the partners account details. For paytm only mobile number is required to transfer the amount.

        -Shekhil

        -Shekhil

      • AbhinavAbhinav commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        On payment, please show the popup containing the items checklist for which payment is made.These checked items will be included in comments automatically.Hence, user lame users like us don't need to manually type the item name.

      • Bianca TamayoBianca Tamayo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Example use: When there's a big expense, I would like to be able to pay it off, and have it display as "Paid", but not necessarily have to pay off the rest of the bill. This way I can record big expenses with the tally, but be able to mark it as paid and see a more realistic total between the group/friend.

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