So how many of you struggle with eating out? Okay, that sounds dirty.
Let me start over.
How many of you struggle with the tip? How much? How little? Still sounds dirty.
One more time.
When receiving any sort of service from another person, what is the appropriate amount of money to give the person who has serviced you? DAMMIT!
Let’s just make this as simple as possible.
How much is the appropriate amount to tip a server when dining out?
It is common knowledge that a 15% tip is the standard, but I have friends and family that tip 20%-25% without even batting an eye. Am I the only diner that gets anxiety about tipping the appropriate amount and running through all kinds of variables to ultimately fill out the tip line on the bill? Here is a few examples of some of the questions that race through my mind when tipping:
Was my drink constantly full or was I parched throughout my meal?
Did the food come at the appropriate time?
Did the server check in on us?
Did the server check in on us too much?
Did I have a great experience?
Was the server’s attitude that of awesomeness or a little douchey?
And the last question always is:
Does the server deserve a standard 15%, or a tad more or a tad less?
Side note: Does the 15% tip include the total amount of the meal AND tax? I always include the tax, but should I be?
I want to hear your thoughts on this. So please comment below, or e-mail me @firstname.lastname@example.org or share your tips about tipping on twitter @frugoal.
Thanks for reading and please, please, please give me your input. Happy weekend and may the tipping forces be with you!