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Sticky Situations: How Much Do You Tip?

How much to tip – that’s what we’re trying to find out today. People usually tip on a percentage basis of the service they are provided. But what if you provide some of the service yourself, or what if the employee is also the owner?

Let me know what you think!

How Much to Tip at the Buffet?

That’s what Frugal Parent asked recently in 10 Ways to Eat Out For Less [1]:

My family and I frequent a local Mongolian Barbecue in our neighborhood. The set-up is such that you gather your own food buffet style and bring it to the cooks who cook it up on a large wok in the center of the restaurant. The waitress simply brings your drinks, rice, and some flat bread.

Since we do much of our own serving is the standard 15% tip still suggested? I suppose this same question would apply to anyone dining buffet style…I’ve always been unsure how to tip in this situation…can anyone help?

How Much to Tip at a Vacation Rental?

I ran into another sticky situation last week on vacation. Instead of staying at a hotel, my husband’s family rented one big cottage. The owners live in the cottage across the street.

Typically at a hotel, we tip the maids. However, we were left with a list of chores to complete before we left (emptying all the trash, putting towels in hampers, etc.) and it appeared that the owners would do any remaining work. Should we have left a tip and if so, how much?

How Much to Tip a Hairdresser?

The owner question reminded me of my hairdresser. She owns her own business and rents a chair. I always tip her, but since she is the owner, I probably shouldn’t tip her, right? I wouldn’t feel right without tipping her though. What do you think?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below and hopefully we can get to the bottom of some common tipping situations!

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