Here Is Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping! Who, When And How Much!

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Tipping isn’t about generosity, tipping is about gratitude for good service. When you go out for a night on the town or to enjoy a good meal with family and friends, you want to have a good time and good service. After all, having good service only increases your chances of having a good time!

Restaurants and bars are where we tip the most. The men and women of the restaurant and bar industry work hard and 99.9% of them rely on their tips in order to make a living.  Most waiters/waitresses and bartenders typically get paid a small hourly fee, roughly $3 an hour, with hopes in making up a decent hourly wage in tips. Keep this in mind the next time you are getting ready to throw a little extra cheddar onto the bill.

The act of tipping doesn’t just happen in restaurants and bars however, oh no…the act of tipping spreads far and wide outside the walls of the food and beverage industry.

There are many awkward situations where one doesn’t know if they should tip someone or not. In that case, as a general rule, it is probably best to just throw out a small tip just in case. A few examples of where you many want to offer a tip are as follows :

  • Cab Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Someone who runs an errand for your or delivers packages for you
  • Repair men
  • Delivery Folk, Furniture, Appliances, etc,.

Here is a great statistical tipping info-graphic that may shed some light on how much, when and who to tip!


Since tipping is such a large part of life, it seems like we should stop to actually understand what being a low, average, or high tipper means for our budget.

Looking at it simply, you can do some quick math and figure out one portion of your budget. For example, maybe you think you have 100 restaurant meals a year at about $25/meal—so according to the above chart, being a low, average, and high restaurant tipper all year will cost you $350 (14% tips), $450 (18% tips), and $550 (22% tips) a year. So in this example, it costs a low tipper $100/year to become an average tipper and an average tipper $100/year to become a high tipper.

Here is a little more comprehensive chart showing three rough profiles: Low Spender, Mid Spender, and High Spender. These vary both in the frequency of times they go to a restaurant or bar or hotel, etc., and the fanciness of the services they go to—i.e. High Spender goes to fancy restaurants and does so often, and Low Spender goes out to eat less often and goes to cheaper places. This was done to cover the extremes and the middle—you’re probably somewhere in between.


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