How Much Should You Be Tipping This Holiday Season?
2009 was a toughie, no?
Even though I’m thankful that I now have gainful employment, I’d be dreaming to say that my bank account has fully recovered from the mess that was being laid-off. But, while I’m still trying to get my savings back up to less-anxiety filled levels of green, I definitely understand that a lot of folks have had it worse than me this year. A lot of folks have more responsibility than themselves and a rented apartment.
So, in a way, I want to make sure that I tip well in 2009. I once read a statistic that the working-class tip better than the upper-class. It is probably because they know better than anyone how hard it can be to earn a buck.
The tip numbers below are from 2008 — but levels should be the same this year as we’re still recession-erific.
Cleaning person – $50
Hairdresser – $20
Manicurist – $20
Newspaper carrier – $20
Barber – $15
Building superintendent – $25
Doorman – $10-80
Pet-care provider – $25
Mail carrier – $20
Fitness instructor – $25
If you’re interested, The New York Times’ City Blog did a pretty comprehensive guide in 2007 which discusses both the history and merits of tipping. It’s kinda nerdy interesting, actually. Basically, it says that while tipping is a means to express appreciation, it also is a down payment towards good service in the year to come both for service providers and for professional employees.
I guess, it comes down to this – is there someone that provides a consistent service for you? If so, why not take thank them if you financially can. If you can’t do it financially, bake them some cookie or write them a nice note. A bit of appreciation can go a long way.