Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Tipping

We all know that times are a little tougher this year than they have been the past few years. But that doesn't mean you can just avoid tipping the people that have worked for you all year (hoping and expecting a tip.) If you didn't, it would be just like a sales person being told that the company isn't doing well so s/he isn't getting the bonus s/he earned.

Having said that, here are some holiday tipping guidelines from the Emily Post Institute:

- Regular babysitter: One evening’s pay and a small gift (from the kids)
- Cleaning person: One week’s pay or the cost of one visit
- Child’s teacher: A small gift or note from you and a small gift from your child
- Hairstylist/colorist: The cost of one visit, or a gift equalling that amount (such as a bottle of champagne)
- Newspaper delivery person: $10 to $30
- Postal carrier: Mail carriers are forbidden to accept cash, however, the U.S. Postal Service allows gifts worth less than $20.
- Garage attendants: $10 to $30
- Gardener: $20 to $50 each
- Pool cleaner: The cost of one cleaning
- Pet groomer: The cost of one session or gift
- Dog walker: Up to one week’s pay or gift
- Building superintendent: $20 to $80 or gift
- Handyman: $15 to $40

For more on holiday tipping, click here.

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