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When To Tip & When Not To Tip – That Is The Question: Tipping Etiquette In The United States

Tips on Tipping

Whether you are confused about proper etiquette for tipping valets or tipping servers, it is important to note that the expected varies depending on where you are and what you are purchasing. In the United States, tips have become a customary thing that we do for specific services. However, if you are finding yourself confused about when to tip, when not to tip, and how much to tip, keep these helpful guiding points in mind.

Tips on Tipping:

  • First things first, make sure that you have not already paid a service charge. Many restaurants will automatically charge gratuity for larger parties, so be sure to look for that on your check. Likewise, many hotel and limo services will include a service charge, so you must be aware of what you are already paying for.
  • Many people find themselves tipping more than they wanted to simply because they are embarrassed to request change. Try to carry small bills on you so that you can tip $2 to the valet instead of $10 next time.
  • Did you know that there are smartphone applications that you can download that will help you determine the proper amount to tip at various places? These unique apps will calculate your desired percentage for you and give you a few pointers on the appropriate suggested amount.
  • Most importantly, a safe rule of thumb is to tip whenever you are in doubt. It can never hurt to show your appreciation for a few extra dollars, especially if it is going to avoid potentially offending someone.

Brief Tipping Guide:

  • Car Service – 15 to 20 percent of the bill unless included
  • Valet – $2 to $5 each time
  • Server – 15 to 20 percent of the bill
  • Bartender – $1 to $2 per drink or 15 to 20 percent of the bill
  • Restroom Attendant – $1 to $3 for products used
  • Hair Stylist & Manicurist – 15 to 20 percent of the bill
  • Aesthetician/Masseuse – 15 to 20 percent of the bill

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