We hope you enjoy this excerpt from our complimentary In The Loop Magazine. When it comes to tipping service providers, people still question the right amount to tip. Some stick to the standard 15 percent, while others go as high as 20 to 30 percent for excellent service. If you are wondering how your tipping style compares to the latest recommendations, take a look at what financial expert Dave Ramsey suggests.
How much to tip at an eating establishment
If your restaurant has table service, leave a minimum of 15 percent, although 20 percent is preferable. For a buffet restaurant, consider tipping at least $1 per person at your table. At fastfood restaurants, there is no rule that you have to tip. However, if there is a jar or basket for tipping, feel free to throw in a buck or two. For carry out food you should tip around 10 percent whether you pick it up or someone brings it out to you. For food delivery, a10 percent tip or a flat $2 to $4 is acceptable.
How much to tip for grocery service
Depending on where you shop, employees may not be allowed to accept tips. However, if they can and you have your groceries carried out to your car, you should tip a dollar or two. A 10 percent tip or a couple of dollars is perfectly fine for grocery delivery to your home.
How much to tip a barista or bartender
If you order a regular coffee that doesn’t require a lot of preparation, then there isn’t a need to tip. However, if you have a more labor-intensive beverage such as a cappuccino, consider leaving a $1 or so in change. For bartenders, a dollar or two per drink is good tipping etiquette.
How much to tip hotel staff
For hotel housekeeping, leaving $4 to $5 is a great way to foster a good relationship and make sure your room gets extra special service. If you use the valet, tip a few dollars when you pick the car up. Anything in the $2 to $5 range will be appreciated.
If the hotel concierge goes over and above their duties, a $10 or $20 bill is appropriate. If they are giving you directions or performing the basic functions of their job, there’s no need to tip.
How much to tip salon staff
For barbers and hairstylists, a tip of 15 to 20 percent is standard, depending on the service received. The same tipping scheme applies to manicurists. For tattoos, your tattoo artist should also be tipped at the same rate.
How much to tip drivers
For taxi drivers, your tip amount depends on the length of your trip and the smoothness of your ride. For example, if you feared for your life, don’t feel obligated to tip. Otherwise, a tip of 10 to 15 percent is standard. You can add a little more if they helped you unload luggage.
For Uber and Lyft drivers, the same tipping scheme applies.
How much to tip wedding officiants
Whether it is your priest or someone at the courthouse officiating your wedding, you should tip them. A tip of $50 to $100 in a thank-you card is a nice gesture. If they won’t accept a personal tip, make a donation to their church or favorite charity instead.
While this guide is helpful, keep in mind that your tipping preferences are highly personal. The best advice is to do what you feel is right given the level of service you receive. Similarly, if you are going to a foreign country, be sure to look up any unique customs related to gratuities.
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