Dear Mrs. McVeigh,
One of my sons went out to eat last week with a few friends his age. When he commented on the amount of their bill, I asked him how much they tipped. When he told me, I was disappointed (and felt bad for the server) that he and his friends did not leave enough money. I reminded him that you always tip at least 20% while in a restaurant. He said his math teacher taught them 10%. His friend, who goes to a different school, said his math teacher taught him to tip 10% too. I was always told 15-20%. Has that changed?
Dear Unsure Mom,
You are correct! Here is some information for all math teachers, and anyone else who is unsure. The standard tip when eating at a restaurant is 15% on the whole total (tax included). The exception to this is if you order a very expensive bottle of wine. You can exclude that from the amount of the bill. I personally believe in being a good tipper, so I always tip 20% for good service. My theory in tipping general is the person who is assisting me probably needs the few extra dollars more than I do.
Here is a review of what the standard tip is in different situations:
Hair Salon – 10-20% for stylist (At least $2.00 for separate shampoo person)
Pizza delivery – 15%
Car wash – $2.00
Nail Salon – 15-20%
Golf Caddie – 15-20%