How Much (And Who) Should You Be Tipping?

Tipping can be a little confusing if you're not versed on the basics. How often should you tip, and when is it appropriate? As a general rule, service industry professionals rely on tips to supplement their income. The most commonly tipped employees work in restaurants and in salons – but don't forget about those hotel bellhops and cab drivers while you're traveling! With these savvy tips from our friends at Coinage, you can be prepared before you get the bill – and won't ever feel like you've gypped someone out of their fair share.


Coinage. Life, well spent. Presented by Geico. First rule of tipping, always tip. Most people who work in the service industry rely on your tips to supplement their income. The three most common times for tipping are at restaurants, during travel, and at salons. If you can, tip in cash, if you can't tip on your card. Tipping on you card is fine but it does affect your server;. Credit card companies usually take out a small percentage from the tip you left. Tipping between 15 to 20% at a restaurant i standard. And there is no obligation to tip on takeout orders. After a service at the spa or hair salon, it's common to tip between 15 and 20% of your bill. If you had multiple people wait on you such as shampooer, manicurist, and stylist, then you should tip each separately. When travelling, it's also very important to tip. [MUSIC] The hotel staff is there to make your experience with them as pleasant as possible. Always tip the door man if he helps out with your luggage, hails a cab, and add a little something extra if it's raining outside. The men and women who keep your room nice and clean everyday also deserve a tip. Generally two to five dollars a day with a thank you note to house keeping is perfect. [MUSIC] And if you're wondering whether you should put a tip in those homemade tip jars at your favourite neighbourhood shop, it's totally up to you. But the workers will surely appreciate it. The biggest thing to remember is that tipping shows gratitude to those who serve you. No need to hesitate or feel awkward about it. Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico.
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