I know we’re all pinched for money right now but that’s no excuse to skip on tips at restaurants. For those of us who aren’t in an industry that involves receiving tips, here are some basic ground rules about tipping and how to budget them into your expenses…
-Do your mental math. If you happen to be eating out somewhere other than your hometown, make sure you know what’s considered a standard tipping amount there. In general, for restaurant service, 15% is considered average. Excellent servers deserve 20%.
-Count beforehand. The Internet can be your best bud when your planning a night out: check out consumer reviews, menus and prices. Don’t use the surprise of your total bill at a random dining venue as an excuse not to tip.
-This may come to most as common sense, but go cheap if you can’t afford to give tip. Many of us are giving up luxuries from our budgets. If you just enjoy eating out but don’t think you can give a tip, eat places where you can have a sit-down meal without being served.