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    An update: we’re still not planning to add the concept of a payment for a specific bill or a specific expense. We’ve left this idea under review for many years, but we’re not convinced it’s the right idea for Splitwise. We think focusing on a total balance makes things simpler in most cases. This is also how a bank balance works.

    Here’s two potential work-arounds if you’re not satisfied:

    1. Let’s say you want to set things up so you can see if people have specifically paid for a certain bill, or for a certain month of expenses. You can create a group just for that bill or month – then, when viewing that group, you will only see balances owed from that specific bill or set of bills.

    2. Once you pay an amount and want to keep track of it being for a certain bill, you could use…

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    Kevin Cooper commented  · 

    Why not offer your users both options. Keep the simplicity allowing them to settle a total balance, but also allow them to itemize settling only the expenses they intend to pay for. Just because a balance is entered into SplitWise, does not mean it must be paid. Case in point - I'm a divorced dad who pays and stays current on child support payments. I understand that supplemental expenses come into play in this scenario for which SplitWise is a decent solution for tracking. That said, I have a final say in which payments I make/don't make. Your simplicity only design actually makes this overly complex! So again, why not add the itemization that the majority of the comments here are asking for but also keep your "simplicity".

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