9 Tips On Tipping – Never Be Confused Again

9 Tips on Tipping

9 Tips on Tipping

I don’t know about you, but I have often found myself in situations where I was confused about tipping.

Asking questions like:

To tip or not to tip?

How much to tip?

Is that too much…not enough? etc. 

Well In the United States, tipping is a voluntary practice in most places and is based upon your experience of a service or meal. Knowing how to tip gracefully is an important skill in etiquette.

So with hopes to clear any question about when to tip

Here are 9 of the most common tipping situations

1. Food Server. If you’ve received excellent service and food, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the before-tax amount of the bill.
2. If a wine steward or sommelier gives you special help selecting wine, tip equal to 15 percent of the price of the wine.
3. Give your barber or hairstylist a 15 to 20 percent tip if you’re having a cut, color, or perm.

  • If you have a separate colorist and stylist, each person should receive 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the particular service that she provided.
  • If you’re having your hair set or washed and blow-dried, a 20 percent tip is sufficient. If other people in the salon help you (for example, if a junior assistant washes your hair), tip each person a few dollars for her service.

4. If you have a manicure or pedicure, tip the manicurist a minimum of $3 or 15 percent of the cost of the manicure or pedicure.
5. If a doorman carries your bag, give him $1 to $2 per bag. Give a doorman who hails you a cab $1.
6. If a bellman arrives at your hotel room with your luggage, tip him $2 per bag.
7. For a concierge who gets you into a fashionable restaurant, tip $10 to $20, or if the concierge gets you into the opening night of a popular play or opera, tip $20 per ticket.

8. Tip the parking valet who retrieves your car $1 or $2.
9. Give your hotel maid $3 per night.


Tip Calculators:

I have found apps to be extremely helpful when calculating tips. If you’re an app kind of person then here you go:

For iPhone users try:  Tip Calculator by handy

For Android users try: Tip Me by Nilknarf

Don’t Forget!

You can always ask Siri too! Check out our post on the Top 30 Things Siri Can Do Faster Than You.

For some further clarification along with some other circumstances where tipping is involved, check out this cheat sheet infographic:


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9 Tips on Tipping

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