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Ask Amy: Modern family unit faces a ‘Rebecca’

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I think I should pay every fifth time, with each adult taking a turn.

(I don't expect the children to pay.)

I'd like to know what you think would be fair.

Thank you for your highly anticipated response!

– J

Dear J: I’m with you.


Let’s say the two other couples have two children each.

If you treat these families as single “units” and pick up the check every third time, the couple that pays is paying for five people outside of their family unit.

But every time you pick up the check, you are paying for eight people who aren’t in your family unit.

I cannot imagine expecting a single person in your situation to pick up the check for a larger group more frequently.


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