Being a non-drinker, I have often been stuck splitting dinner checks with folks who drink alcohol. One dinner I will never forget included six people for dinner at an average beach-type restaurant. I watched the other five people consume large amounts of booze. When we all split the check, my salad and iced tea became $91, including tax and tip. I was a single mom on a strict budget, and that was a big deal to me. So…here are some tips for eating out with business associates, customers or co-workers: Remember, he/she who invites pays the bill. This has stood the test of time. If the situation is more casual, such as lunches with co-workers or conference mates, then ask the waitperson to take separate orders. Or be brave, and tell your lunch mates that you would be happy with individual check splitting: You pay for yours; I’ll pay for mine. This is the only fair way. Be considerate.