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I can't believe it's only 5 days until Christmas. I say this every December but this month has just flown by and I've been trying to do little things here and there to celebrate the season and have some fun. A few weekends ago I had the chance to go shopping with a few of my good friends and then take them out to dinner afterwards thanks to American Express Serve. We braved the mall and I exchanged some shoes and then bought a few gifts and then we went over to one of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City, Red Rock Brewing Company.
Serve is a new service from American Express that's a digital payment system - a way to settle up with friends/buddies instantly via email or mobile device. It's super easy to use, both online and on their mobile app. It literally took me just a few minutes to sign up for Serve on their website & hook it up to my bank account.
But back to dinner first. Serve had generously given me some fun money to treat my friends to a great dinner and so we kind of went nuts. After a round of drinks & the biggest appetizer sampler thingy on the menu, all of us ordered the biggest, juciest, steak and potato meal on the menu while just one chose a more sensible cheeseburger. Just kidding - I just REALLY like the cheeseburger at Red Rock! And I was a little jealous when I saw the delicious looking steaks come out.
Dinner with just my girlfriends is something that doesn't happen near often enough and we really took advantage of the kid-free time that night. We talked and talked and talked and then finally thought we should order our food, and then talked and talked some more. We stuffed ourselves silly and then someone thought that it would be a good idea to order cheesecake, too. So yummy.
Splitting the bill is usually the part of the evening that I don't look forward to, I do a little groan in my mind thinking of the hassle and calculations and math that's going to be involved to figure out exactly what everyone owes on the check and who has cash and who doesn't and who owes whom what. Nothing like spoiling a great night of girl talk with math and money discussions. With Serve, it was so easy I barely had to think about it.
We had the waitress just split the bill evenly between us all, everyone paid with their own credit/debit/cash whatever, and then I asked my friends what their Serve account email addresses were, and I just zapped them the money I owed them to pay them back. It was SO easy. We got a little excited at how quick the money showed up in their accounts and debited out of mine. Now that their money was in their Serve accounts, they could use it through their Serve debit card, or transfer the money to their linked bank accounts.
Serve is available as an app for both iPhone and Androids (we had some of each represented at our table!) and is so user-friendly. I'm a sucker for well-designed and pretty looking apps, and Serve's app definitely is both of those things. It even has a "split the bill" section that lets you input the # of people in your party, your bill amount and what you want to tip and it figures out exactly what you owe - AND it lets you input their Serve emails right then and there so you can request money from them. It's such a good idea for a service.
I was really excited to get to try out Serve and I completely recommend it. I love that it's by American Express because I know they stand by their products and have great customer service. If you're looking to try out a new digital payment system, I definitely think you should learn more about Serve and then sign up. If you do sign up, leave a comment on this post saying you did and you'll be entered to win A HUNDRED BUCKS from Serve. Isn't that awesome?
Remember to sign up for Serve and receive $10 credit towards your first use. Comment below within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.