Tipping for services has been around for decades, but how much should you tip, and which services do you tip for? Depending on the situation you are in, the amount you tip can vary slightly.
Here are five basic rules on how much to tip in all situations:
Consider the Service Received
Tipping at restaurants and bars is customary and has been done for centuries. The rules have changed slightly in the last couple of years due to inflation, so a customary tip is now about 18% of the bill. If the service was great, or if the restaurant is a bit more upscale, consider increasing this tip amount to accommodate that.
Did you know, it’s also customary to tip for services other than food service? Tipping movers, cab drivers, delivery drivers, or cable installers is also welcome. Much like food service, the tip amount is based on the service acquired with a baseline of about 18% which can increase or decrease depending on the quality of service you received.
Do Your Research
While the usual and expected tip in North America is about 18%, when travelling abroad, this amount can change. It’s best to do your research before leaving on your trip as in some countries, tips are not expected at all. For example, in Australia, tipping is not the norm at all, but in Egypt, the average is about 10%.
If you received really great service, then be a bit more generous. You really want to show the staff that you appreciate what they have done for you, and a larger tip will do this. If the service was not up to your expectations, then you have the option of tipping less as well.
Tipping at Hotels
When tipping at hotels, there are many people you may consider giving a tip too. For example, the concierge if they helped get you a dinner reservation or tickets to a show, you might offer them $5-$25. Then, there is a the doorman if they found you a cab ($2), the room service attendant if you ordered food ($5) or the cleaning staff ($2) whom you should tip daily as they rotate. These are just baseline amounts and if your hotel is very luxurious, consider giving more.
Budget For Tips
When budgeting for a service add the cost of the tip into your budget. Then, when the service is performed, you’ll already be prepared with your tip. If the service went above and beyond, increase the amount you budgeted by a bit to accommodate this, and in the same regard, if the service did not meet your expectations, you can lower the tip amount.
Tipping can be a personal thing, with many of us doing it each time we receive a service. With a few simple rules, and a baseline amount, you can eliminate any stress involved when it comes to figuring out what to tip. Consider 18% to be your baseline, and increase, or decrease this amount depending on the level of service you received. At the end of the day, the final tip amount is up to you.