We all that know that tipping your waiter 15-20% is the standard (though some of you will surely disagree) or that you usually throw the pizza guy at least a couple bucks, especially if he braves flood waters to deliver your order. But what about your tattoo artist, or your salmon fishing guide or your sherpa?
The folks at CouponSherpa.com have come up with a handy reference list of 63 different tips for tipping. Here are some highlights:
*Take-Out Food - 10% when you pay. Make sure you tip based on the entire check if you use restaurant coupons.
*Mom & Pop Coffee Shops – $1 if you’re just purchasing a drink. 10% if you’re running a tab or making a meal-sized purchase.
*Chain Coffee Shops – 25 cents tossed in the tip jar, if they were nice and you feel like it. More if they made you a complex drink and served it pleasantly. Nothing if you got your own cup and filled it while all they did was take your cash.
*Taxi - 10% to 15% is standard and 20% if the driver helps you with heavy bags.
*Stylist, Colorist or Barber – 15% to 20%
Pizza – $2 to $5 depending on the distance the delivery person had to drive. If you use pizza coupons, make sure you tip based on the total price of the check. Check first to make sure a small tip was not already included in the total price, but make sure this isn’t a “service fee” not shared with drivers.
*Furniture – $5 per large item delivered. You may want to tip more if the delivery requires a lot of set up.
*Hotel Housekeeping Staff – $1 to $5, depending on the hotel’s quality and extra services provided. Tip daily as staff varies and put the cash in a sealed enveloped indicating it’s for housekeeping.
* Blackjack Dealers — $5 chip per gambling session (higher at high limit tables). Also, you can set up a side bet for the dealer as a tip, usually at the minimum betting level.
*Salmon Fishing Guides — 15% is the average for independent fishing guides, but not less than 10%.
*Museum Guides — $1 per tour participant.
*Tattoo Artists – 10% to 20%, depending on the difficulty and amount of work performed.
*Movers – $10 to $20 per mover, depending on the amount of work necessary.
*Tow Truck Operators – $3 to $5 per car towed, even if it’s covered by AAA.
*Mail Carriers – Government employees are prohibited from receiving money as a gift or gratuity, but the Postal Service tends to turn a blind eye during the holidays. A $5 to $10 tip is sufficient, unless your mail is delivered by a different carrier each day. Even better, write a letter of appreciation to the carrier’s supervisor.
*Sherpas – Tip one Yak for making it up the mountain and an additional Yak every time the sherpa has to save you from falling off the mountain.
You can check out the entire list at CouponSherpa.com.