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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.

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

    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 :)

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • AshleyAshley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • NickNick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • ConorConor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 MurrayMichael Murray commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 DaltonChad Dalton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 SciortinoBobby Sciortino commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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."

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When I set up a Splitwise with friends (usually for a trip), we all have to communicate outside of the app (usually through email) to confirm that all of our expenses have been submitted before we click "Settle up." I would love to be able to just mark that status in the app and once all members of the group have submitted all of their expenses, we can be notified to click settle up (or it'll happen on its own).

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