Thrifty Thursday: Tips on Tipping

A blogger for the website CaféMom.com says she thinks it would be fair for restaurants to add automatic tips for all customers. Her theory: If you’ve never worked in a restaurant, you have no right to judge the service.

But there are other new rules about tipping at restaurants, hotels, salons and the like. And if you don’t know the rules, you could be overspending.

Sandra Hanna from SmartCookies.com joined us to talk tipping. Her thoughts…

At restaurants, tip at least $1 for drink to bartenders, 15 to 20 percent for servers, 15 percent for food delivery and nothing for take-out.

At salons, tell the receptionist you want to tip between 15 and 20 percent. She’ll be able to evenly disburse that tip amongst those who helped you on the staff.

At hotels, you should tip 15 to 20 percent for a taxi or limo driver, $1 for the bellhop, $1 to  the valet for fetching your car, 15 to 20 percent for room service and $2 a day to the housekeeper.

And if all else fails, how about apps for tipping? Hanna recommends “Tipping Tips,” an app which gives you tips about tipping aboard as well as tipping tips at home.