Need a quick and easy system or app to help keep track of small transactions while I'm out.
August 5, 2007 3:01 PM Subscribe
I am looking for a good way to use my iPhone, Mac, and/or .mac account to keep track of small amounts of money that my friends and I owe each other. Any suggestions?
posted by iamkimiam to computers & internet (14 answers total)
Here's a typical scenario:
Friend: Hey, let's go to this concert!
Me: Sure, I'll buy the tickets and you can pay me at the show!
(two weeks later, while shopping)
Me: Crap, I don't have enough cash for this must-have thing
Friend: Oh, I'll buy this for you now; then I'll owe you less at the show
(two weeks later, at the show, trying to figure who still owes whom what)
This happens a lot. We're not trying to scam each other of course...we're just having a hard time keeping track of and remembering this stuff when we're out.
At home I'm a super organized person...I use Quicken, .mac, iCal religiously. Now with the addition of iPhone I feel like there must be an easy way to organize all the small, on-the-fly money exchanges between me and my friends.
I am looking for either A) a method to keep track of stuff (earlier today I tried to send a text message to myself, so that I wouldn't forget that my friend and I are now evened up on a future event), or B) an app, widget, or calendar thingy that will make sense of these types of transactions.
I know it seems like overkill, but I really am that forgetful (especially when fun and alcohol are involved), and having a quick and easy "system" would help greatly. It'd also be great if the method/app wasn't a PITA elaborate scheme, so that my friends don't start thinking I'm a freakin' tightwad who must bust out her fancy pocket calculator every time a bill shows up. Also, my friends and I help each other out a lot, and that's part of what makes our friendships so fantastic, so suggestions about refusing to lend money or whatnot aren't going to be all that helpful. Thanks!