Let users indicate when they have entered all expenses for a group
The way that my friends and I have been using Splitwise for the past year and a half is, for any group trip we take, we create a separate Splitwise group for that trip. It's a great workflow and Splitwise has been invaluable to us, but one tweak would make it even better:
We use "simplify debts" to cut down on transactions, and to make that work best, it's best for everyone to wait for every expense from the trip to be added before settling up. The way we've been handling it has just been to have everyone add their expenses within a week of the trip ending, then have sort of a "roll call" in an email thread checking to make sure that everyone has completed adding their expenses, then when we confirm that everyone has added them, then we settle up.
It'd be nice if, instead of having to keep track of this in an email thread, each user in the group had a checkbox or icon next to their name which they could set to indicate "I have added all of my expenses". Then, instead of having to wait for an email all-clear to settle up, I could just look to see that each user has a checkmark and know that the group is ready to settle up.
Thanks for the suggestion! I totally understand this use case – “don’t settle up until I add everything” is something I’ve heard friends of mine say anecdotally. I’ll add this to our list of possible improvements for future versions :)
Michael Chaffee commented
So, my friends and I go on a group trip. Naturally we create a Splitwise group, just for that one trip, to enter our shared costs, because Splitwise is excellent ?
So after the trip we get home and go back to work and wait for all the CC charges to post. And then, at some point days or weeks later, someone eventually will text the group saying "does everyone have all their expenses in? Can we settle up?"
It's not a big deal, obviously, but Splitwise would be EVEN MORE EXCELLENT if each member of a group could set/unset a flag indicating whether they had entered all their expenses. Then, once all users indicated that they had entered all their expenses, Splitwise could send a notification to all members of the group indicating that it's time to settle up.
Please feel free to reach out if you like my idea and want more details. And thanks for being excellent!
Within each group (of expenses) each user should have a button to declare “ok... I’m done adding expenses for this group”. Once all users in that group have declared this, notifications should then be sent that the group can settle up.
Right now, a separate form of communication (text, WhatsApp, a circling of wagons, whatever...) needs to be used to declare “hey, anyone have any other expenses to add? Or we all good to settle up?” This seems tedious when Splitwise’s entire purpose is to coordinate and centralize group expenses management into a single app.
Artem Russakovskii commented
Is this ever going to happen? It's a huge shortcoming of the app that should be fairly easy to implement. Everyone I use it with notices and wonders how such a basic feature is still missing.
Ales Rybak commented
If I create a group for a single purpose (e.g. a trip) then in some moment I would like to say "hey, all expenses are in place, please settle up".
One problem we encounter is that people don't know when they can start settling up (or they start paying before all the expenses are in). To avoid this, give the option within a Group of allowing each person to indicate (or allow someone to indicate for them) "entries completed" or "expenses entered". That way, we know when all the expenses are entered and people can start settling up. Either that or have an indicator on the Group home page that allows someone to indicate "Time to settle up" or "Please wait before settling up".
Chris Hansen commented
Instead of me texting others to make sure all debts / expenses have been added it would be nice to indicate when each person is “ready to settle up” so there’s less back and forth! Thank you!
Bump! This simple feature would make it so much easier to know when it's time to settle (and who we are waiting on!)
Tom Birch commented
When using a splitwise group for a holiday, it's often hard to coordinate when everyone has finished submitting their expenses as some people collect receipts and wait till they get home and do it in bulk, or are waiting on credit card statements, etc. It would be great if there was a button I could click to say "I'm done" and that would let everyone know to note expect expenses from me and then when everyone is "done" it's then obvious to everyone in the group that its ok to start sending/requesting payments.
Idea for you guys! Love Splitwise but one thing I've found tricky is how to indicate when everyone's expenses have been added so people can start paying each other back. In many instances, people have started repaying others before all expenses have been added and allocated. I wonder if there's a way to "mark" this or if there's a way to not allow people to repay until everyone has confirmed everything has been added. Just a thought!
There should be a way to have a period of time where group members can enter expenses and confirm that the correct group members are included in each expense before transactions are enabled.
Our group had some expenses with errors in which group members were mistakenly included, but folks started transacting before adjustments were made and now we have a mess.
The platform is great in theory, but needs more controls to ensure everything is properly executed.
Nicholas Boehm commented
In many cases, people settle up and there's that one last person who forgot to add expenses. This throws off all of the balances. It would be nice to have a button that you click that says you're done adding expenses and lets everyone else in the group know that you're done. Maybe even have the option to click that button for someone else as well.
I LOVE Splitwise. Super duper awesome.
My biggest frustration working with a group is that some people don't "get it" and start sending settle up payments as soon as they join the group. This is problematic because it creates more work later after additional expenses have been added (with simplify debts). It would be really great if I could enable a setting on the group which would require all group members to click a "I have uploaded all of my expenses" button before the group allows members to send settle up payments (Venmo, etc). If a user tries to settle up before everyone has indicated they are done, then a simple message explaining it could be shown: "Bob, it is awesome that you want to pay everyone back so promptly! This group is configured to simplify debts and not all group members have finished entering their expenses yet. Let's wait until all expenses are entered before settling up so that all members of the group can make as few settle up payments as possible. The group is still waiting on Alice and George to enter their expenses"
This would really be super duper awesome.
Michael Murray commented
Would be great if there were a tool to sign off that all expenses have been added by each member of a group, so members don't pay prematurely. I often have to message members telling them to wait until all expenses are added before paying, otherwise we have lots of small payments going back and forth when new expenses are added. Would be good to have each member sign off that he's finished adding so we can net once at the end.
Chad Dalton commented
When adding one time expenses for a group trip need a 'DONE' button so everyone knows that we are DONE adding expenses to the trip and everyone can settle up.
Bobby Sciortino commented
THIS SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FEATURE. In theory I like the app and what it is trying to do, but lacking this feature is a serious flaw. People constantly get confused and settle up too soon, which creates chaos and makes the app more of a burden than a helpful tool. I would be even willing to pay a nominal fee to use the app if it had this feature. PLEASE DO IT.
A set of group trip expenses requires Q/A, often by multiple people. Any change offsets the balance.
I WILL NOT use Splitwise EVER again unless a feature is added that will pause any alerts/repayment until the group admin presses "Finished."
Ryan Challinor commented
Thanks Splitwise! You guys rock.
WORD, please make this happen.
Katie Challinor commented
LOVE this idea. You are so smart
I think messaging in app would be helpful, but this specific indication (I.e., are we all ready to settle up) always seems to occur. I would rather indicate it on my own, proactively, instead of having to communicate about it.