Whether we're dining out, traveling, or at the salon, we've all been faced with this question: how much should I be tipping? Unfortunately, there's no singular answer for every situation. It's important to tip people in certain professions for their work, especially when their livelihood depends on it. But sometimes there's confusion on what that dollar amount is. That's why we put together this guide that details how much gratuity is necessary in pretty much every scenario you can imagine.
You may find some "tipping tricks" around the web that are disguised as life hacks that will save you money, but are really just methods to underpay hardworking people and look cheap. In 2018, CNBC published an article about a "simple tipping trick that could save you over $400 a year." The author suggests that instead of tipping the standard 15-20%, just take the tax amount and double it. The problem with this is that each state has different sales tax and spreading this message has the potential to cheat servers, whose income is reliant on their tips, out of money. If you really want to save some money, stay at home.
On the flip side, there are also situations where consumers feel like they are being guilted into tipping when it's not necessary. As iPad POS's with devices like the Square Reader increasingly become the norm at places like your local coffee shop or food truck, the recommend tips that pop up when you're paying may make you feel obligated to leave a much larger tip than you would normally. Square, Inc. says, "It's one thing to bypass a tip jar or just leave the gratuity line blank when you're signing a check, but it's hard to physically press a button saying you aren't going to leave anything."
While it's always nice to tip more when you can, you don't need to feel obligated to tip every time you run into this scenario. More than likely, people who work at these establishments already make at least a minimum wage instead of a server's wage.
At the end of the day, if you're still worried about how much to tip, it never hurts to be generous. If you're in the financial position, show your servers how much you appreciate them with a nice tip!