Going out to dinner with friends is fun and all, until... they bring the check. The arrival of the check is the dissolution of the mirage -- the mirage being that we're not frugal, we're not effusive, or that we make just as much money as our friends. Close friendships can be strained by this simple monetary transaction.

There's always someone who suggests we split the check evenly ("That's fine with you right?" says the person who ordered not one, but three cocktails). Or someone has to go to the bathroom when the check appears.

And when the check does get exactly divided, there are the split appetizers to calculate, the tip -- pre or post tax? -- to figure out, so on and so on. It really takes a lot of the fun out of this experience (because if you want to have any say in how the check is divvied, you're probably the one who gets stuck making the calculations).

Well, technology is here to save you again. No need to figure out that simple arithmitic with a brain fogged from wine, let your iPhone do it for you with these five great split the check apps.

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  • Billr

    With Billr you can split the check with a party size of up to 16 people. It allows you to enter in each item and assign it per person as well as adding in individual items to be split among multiple people. You also have the option of showing each person what they owe, emailing or texting it to them. Cost: $0.99

  • Divvy

    Divvy operates with similar features as other apps that split the check but it stands apart in that it allows you to enter in the data from the bill by simply snapping a picture of it. Cost: $2.99

  • Check Split

    Not only does Check Split look like an old-school check, but it also lets you divide the check with ease. With Check Split you can add fixed amount for certain dinners and equally divide up the rest of the check for the remaining guests. And you can personalize the check by adding in contacts from your Facebook or phone address book. Cost: $0.99

  • You Owe...

    You Owe... allows you to split the check evenly, split it exactly, personalize the tipping preference and deals with coupons. You can also email a summary to each guest at the table. Cost: $1.99

  • Divided

    What makes this iPhone check splitting app stand apart is it's clean interface. Divided lets you split the bill with as many adjustments as you need to make and it allows you to calculate when one person is paying for multiple people. Cost: $0.99

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