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Your Money Monday: Tipping Point

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s a time-old question that many dread: how much do I tip?

From waiters and waitresses, to barbers and hairdressers, housekeeping, and even car drivers and cabbies, there are so many positions where tipping is accepted.

How much is too much? How much is too little? You don’t want to offend, but you don’t want to drain your wallet either.

Here you can find suggestions from Your Money Monday: Tipping Point. Our thanks to tipping expert Dianne Provost, director of Manners and More.



  • Waitstaff, cocktail servers and bartenders – 15 to 20 %
  • Buffet Server – 10%
  • Picking up to go order – 10% to the person who packaged or took the order
  • Food Delivery – 10% to driver


  • Hair Stylist/Barber — 10-20% (more around the holidays)
  • Shampoo assistant $2-5
  • Manicurist, facialist — 15%
  • Massage therapist – 20%


  • Valet — leaving your car: nothing, car returned: a couple of dollars
  • Doorman – $1 for carrying luggage from car to lobby, double if bags are brought to room
  • Doorman/bellboys – $2 for hailing a cab
  • Hotel Concierge — $5 or more
  • Maid service – tips of $1 to $10 a day depending on ‘your mess’
  • Room service – if gratuity is included add nothing or $1, otherwise 15-20%


  • Taxi, limo or shuttle – 15% of fare
  • Skycap – $1 per bag


  • Pet Groomer — 15%
  • Pet sitter — 15%


  • Barista — $1
  • Car detailer — 15%
  • Car washer — $2-3
  • Coat Check — $1
  • Emergency Locksmith — $5
  • Furniture mover – $20 per person
  • Restroom Attendant — $1

Too much? Too little? Just right?

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