Take the hassle out of paying the babysitter with new app Payfriendz

A bright young thing put Payfriendz on our radar recently.

At first we wondered why a PR would be hitting us up with something so clearly ‘trendy’ that it ends with a ‘z’… But stick with this one, we did…

Payfriendz (I know, I just want to go at it with correctional ink!) is an app whereby you and your invited friends can seamlessly pass money around without needing to go to a cashpoint or (if you are of my mother-in-law’s generation) not have to get your purse out and vulgarly dispense cash…

Obviously this is aimed at scatty young house sharers, too busy hitting the PlayStation to remember to contribute to the ‘lager and pot noodle fund’, but we’ve discovered it’s actually quite a useful tool for mums too…

Paying the babysitter: how many times do you have the exact money to pay the babysitter in your purse at the start of the night and then either end up running over by half an hour, get to the last cash machine on the way home only to find it’s out of order, or come home to the babysitter saying she was bullied by the kids into buying them ice creams and can she be reimbursed or (ahem) ordering an extra glass of wine after you’ve paid the restaurant bill and breaking into your cash?  Sound familiar? Well, simply add your babysitter (s) onto a Payfriendz group and you can just transfer them the cash instantly – as simply as sending a text. Plus there is an integrated ‘chat’ function which might sound godawful but means you can communicate about money in a ‘whatsapp’ format… Maybe not your cup of tea but it resonates with teenage sitters…

Baby Ballet: or for that matter baby-anything whereby the teacher is a) away with the fairies when it comes to financial matters and b) doesn’t carry enough change if you pay for the class with a tenner. Get the whole class signed up to Mme Loubilou’s Payfriendz group and you no longer need to scrabble down the back of the car seat when she demands an extra 20p for squash and a biscuit or few quid for new ballet tights…

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Car pooling: do you do the honorable thing and share the school run driving? With Payfriendz you can share the petrol costs too…

Birthday parties: Mmm, well, in our office we all read and applauded Myleene Klass and her unicorn outburst, but let’s face it, chipping in for a birthday present is commonplace in modern life. Make it super easy – plus you don’t have to remember which sticky banknote came from which child – with Payfriendz.

Payfriendz is free for iPhone.