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.
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.
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 Tamayo commented
Bianca Tamayo commented
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.
Splitwise REALLY needs this functionality. Why not list under each payment when you click on it what each person owes (even or uneven splits like it currently does) but just have a button next to your name which says settle this bill... it could be next to all the names for the person who paid the bill in the first place so they can register who paid what.
Not sure how to implement that in code but doesn't seem to logically complex to me!
If a bill is to be divided among 4 people, and next day one of payee makes his payment towards the same bill. There should be an option to settle individual bill. This will make handling at User level very better
I LOVE the concept and look! Sadly, without the ability to apply payment directly towards a bill is the reason I had to find another option.
Abhinav Singi commented
Paytm would be great
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Tyler Verbais commented
It would be nice if you could just click on a member's name in a given expense breakdown and have the option to have them settle up for that expense and just that expense right in that tab, without having to go to the main settle up tab and input the dollar amount manually.
Kelly C. commented
So my partner and I share everything through your site. Often, one of us will put in a long list of bills, and the other one can only pay back a few at a time. I would like to be able to track which one's I've paid for--for example, if i pay the amount owed for the rent bill but still owe money for the electric bill, perhaps rent can show "paid" next to it, or turn a different color, or something? Just so I can keep track of which items have been paid for, not just the amount I still owe. Thanks, and I love split wise!
Hi, I think it would be great if we could link payment/settlement to a particular bill. Since there are some bills that come at a later date but will be settled earlier. That way there won't be so many unsettled bills listed.
So let's say my group have bill A, then afterwards there's also bill B. But for some reason we decided to settle bill B first. If we could link the settlement to the payment (perhaps through tagging), then bill B could be removed from the list of unsettled bills. I hope my idea is clear enough.
Cheers! Keep up the good work! I really love Splitwise : )
First, thank you and your team for Splitwise. I still use it and it is great. I'm glad you have responded to the issues that everyone here has posted about and made the update you made a couple of years ago. I'm sorry to say that I think this is still a big issue, because this is something that should have always been and should be at the foundation of the software. I really don't think the system needs to be a "checklist" per say, but I think at the root, the user should HAVE TO "marry" a payment directly to an expense and only at that point should an expense be deemed "closed".
If there is more than 1 expense open, there should be a way to apply defined $ amounts to each expense owed. If any payment is made that is greater than all expenses, a pop-up box should ask if the user wants to lend money to his friend in the amount of the residual... Or it should force the user to have to enter another expense. If the amount paid is less than the expense that is being paid for, that item should remain an "open expense" and there should be something that says "username paid $125 toward this item, amount owed is $132."
Because this deals with money, there should not be any money "floating around." Every dollar should be accounted for first on an item by item level, and then THE ITEMS should add up on a rolling level.
If there are things that you are trying to do that make this difficult, I would say that this is probably more important than most of the bells and whistles out there.
Thank you for your hard work here! I do like this software a lot and I realize that this would probably be very hard to implement, but if you did I think it would make a lot of users very happy.
Was talking with mates about this aspect missing from the app this evening...!!!
Any progress on this feature?
This would help out greatly
Please make this happen, people keep on deleting bills in our group thinking that's how to settle specific bills and it's messing up our accounting.
I'm the guy in our house that pays all our bills upfront and collects my house mates contributions through splitwise. It's confusing for me to chase up the guys not knowing what they have and haven't paid for... If there was a function for them to check off what they have and haven't paid (allocating their payments) it would my life a whole lot easier.
Has the recent web update (Aug 22) hiding balances which have been previously settled improve this for people (on the web)? We agree that it can be confusing to just see a list of all transactions.
(On the mobile apps, we still don't hide transactions past the settle-up point yet, though we plan to.)
We really sympathize with the lines of thinking steve and matt have posted here. You are welcome to extend Splitwise to do what you want using our API (http://dev.splitwise.com), but whenever we whiteboard out the solutions like the ones you are proposing, we see big problems and user interface potential confusions that are hard to solve. The minimal update on Aug 22 relieves a lot of pressure for "why do I owe what i owe" by reducing the list to the set of relevant transactions, and then why I owe what I owe should be more clear.
I'm curious if others feel the same way? Haley K, are you referring to the website or mobile app?
Haley K. commented
Any progress on this? Definitely needed IMO.
I just started using this program recently and i really like it except ive been having the same issue as these guys that unfortunately will prevent me from using it. Until this enhancement is included, i unfortunately cannot use this app because the people that owe me money cannot see why, without me manually going into each bill and calculating why for them. What is the point of splitwise then if i have to do this?
When my roomates pull up the app, all it says is "you owe..." A certain amount, but it doesn't properly breakdown why you owe it (it only gives u a record of ALL bills). The question of "why do i owe this much" cannot be answered without wasting ALOT of time going thru all the records.
Like any bill, you should have the capability to find out exactly why you owe a certain amount (ie. for october rent and share of electricity..but NOT Sept rent bc its already been paid for).
This seems like a rudimentary essential feature that you guys seemed to overlook. I can understand the need to have it the way it is right now (consolidating all monies owed to a certain person) but the missing feature of being able to break down "why i owe" is still such a glaring issue and honestly I believe is the biggest flaw/drawback/achilles heel/lacking of splitwise.
Anyone who disagrees probably either just doesn't care about why he owes someone money or uses the app in a different way. But I'd say that being able to know 'why you owe money' is a very reasonable, basic, civil necessity not only for this app but for every bill or debt we owe.
Solution: i think the solution is simple. Keep the code the way it is, just add the ability to mark a bill paid or partially paid (with how much) for the share the person owes. For example: september rent shows Bob owes $100 & Joe owes $200, and electricity bill $200 joe owes. When entering a payment from Joe of $300, user can mark sept rent fully paid for joe and electricity partially paid.
Endstate: when clicking on how much you owe to someone, it will output all bills that have NOT been marked fully paid.
Unless the code is really messy i dont see how hard this can be.
Pls let me know when this feature is added as I am happy to return to use this app and tell all my friends how awesome it is. Until then, im going to other sites. Thanks for listening!