You know you’re supposed to tip your waiter and your bartender. And you get that it’s a nice gesture to throw a dollar in the tip jar at the coffee shop, especially if your drink order is complicated. But get beyond those standard transactions, and tipping etiquette can quickly get murky. Who gets a tip and who doesn’t? And if you do want to tip, how much should you give?
Tipping can be such a confusing and fraught practice that some people want to do away with it entirely, arguing that it’s not a consumer’s job to decide how much someone should be paid and that a reliance on tips is bad for workers who can’t count on a steady wage. Others see tipping as a way to get better service or reward a job well done. For now, however, tipping is here to stay, which means that you need to include a tip in the cost of many services.
“Tipping is a very personal decision, but it’s money that should always be factored into a budget,” said Jackie Warrick, senior savings adviser at CouponCabin.com, in a statement. “Plan ahead before going out to dinner, getting a haircut, or ordering delivery to understand just how much those services will end up costing. A little bit of preparation can go a long way in keeping a budget on track.”
Yet even committed tippers may sometimes neglect to leave a gratuity, especially in unfamiliar situations when the need for a tip is not clear. While tipping should always be done at your discretion, some basic guidelines about who to tip and how much are useful. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of five people you may not realize you should be tipping.
Keep in mind that tipping rules vary from country to country. The guidelines below are for the U.S. For advice on tipping in other parts of the world, see this article in Condé Nast Traveler.