I usually set pretty strict limits on what they can order, but sill ask them to help with observations.
I told my sibling they had ONE job. Now they are not trusted to do anything but take pictures LOL
Oh, my! LOL.
My crew is really good about helping with server names and descriptions, my husband helps with timings, and I'm the photographer as well as also doing timings and observations. But it's so nice to have backup to verify some of that. I'm good with names, but not so much things like eye color, height, etc. (I'm very short, so to me everybody looks tall!)
I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
This is definitely an interesting topic...enjoying reading the responses!
When my husband was alive, we always discussed the reimbursement amounts and what we needed to order. In advance, we knew if it was a high-end steak house and we wanted to go over by a few dollars to get an amazing meal, we did. On most others, we stayed within budget.
Now I have a small rotation of friends who go with me. They know that my finances have changed and I am on a tight budget (I mean financially, not MS budget). In advance, I explain the ordering requirements and the amount of reimbursement. I have one friend who is extremely frugal (okay, cheap) and she makes sure that we never go over. The others always say, "If we go over, I am happy to throw in the difference." When we have exceeded, it's generally been just a couple dollars and I don't take their money. Once or twice, we made a conscious decision to go over and we split the overage or she paid it if she was drinking and I was not, etc. If I ever felt I was beling taken advantage of, that would be the last time I invited that person.
I have a small rotation of friends who come with me on shops. Two of them are helpful with observations, and all of them have no problem covering overage and/or a tip.
My husband has finally come around on shopping and is sometimes helpful instead of hindering. He had a tendency to talk about Fight Club at Fight Club, which was so annoying.