Foodivide app for iOS tracks your restaurant spending habits
Apple’s iPhone just got a brand new food app that makes dining out with friends far less frustrating, and probably more affordable, too. It’s called Foodivide, and the concept, while pretty basic, can save you a tone of time and money — and it may even encourage to stray from the menu’s burger section.
When I saw this posted over at The Verge, I was pretty excited. I dine out a lot — so much, in fact, that I probably could have forked over a down payment on a house already if I could just give up my pricey restaurant addiction. OK, it’s not that bad, but it is a little obsessive. Even with the amount of money I could probably save just by not eating out, the combination of a new experience, innovative dishes and genuine social interaction is simply more than I’m willing to give up.
What gets really tricky about dining out with other folks frequently, though, is that dreadful post-dessert moment when the server plops down that little black bill binder. Who will be the first to grab it? How many times should you refuse to let the other party foot the entire thing before you finally succumb? Is an even split fair when you’ve all ordered items with wildly different prices? Or when one of you sipped several libations, while rest stuck with water?
That’s where Foodivide is really helpful, allowing you to divide items by simply dragging and dropping into each party’s virtual plate. It also allows you to split single items between several plates, and what you end up with at the end is an accurate cost for each diner.
And it’s fast, which is really helpful in avoiding those evil death glares from your server. Founder Daniel Shein told The Verge, “My friends and I love going out to eat, but splitting a bill with a group of friends can be such a pain. I wanted to create an app that would get this part over with as quickly as possible.”
Even if you’re only divvying up the check two ways and you’re doing it straight down the middle, it can still be beneficial to put in that information. Because it’s not just financially smart when dining with friends, it’s also a super simple way to track your own eating and spending habits — which, as it turns out, can be a really eye- opening experience.
Take Shein’s example, for one, “As soon as you start inputting, you create a history and a profile. I want to present users with an interface for them to see ‘holy cow, I spent $1,000 on burgers and I don’t even like them that much.” Stupid burgers.
Just think about that for a minute. How often do you really consider how much of your paycheck goes to dining out? And if you’re one of the 45 million Americans who eats out at least once a week and throws down an average of $3,000 annually at restaurants, don’t you want to make sure it’s worth every single penny?