12.15.2008

Let's talk tipping!

It's the time of year to show our appreciation for a job well done in the form of COLD HARD CASH.


So let's share. Who do you tip, and how much?


I know there are guides for all this. We are supposed to tip our mailman, dry cleaning delivery man, garbage men, babysitters, tennis pros, hair dressers, babysitters...the list goes on and on.

Do you tip EVERYBODY? How much do you typically tip at Christmas?


How about people at work? I am responsible for buying gifts for a TON of people at my husband's job.


As a matter of fact I should be working on that right now!!!


My oh my, this time of year is so overwhelming!!!


The good news is, my husband asked me to get myself something nice, so I called my local Coach store and bought myself this sweet little bag!
It's the large Zoe in Chocolate brown leather. I can't wait to get my hot little hands on it!!!
All he has to do is swing by the Coach store and they'll have it wrapped and ready. Yippee.
How are you guys doing with Christmas?


27 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

My tip for the trash guy is, "empty the cans all the way before turning them upside down on my lawn. They stink.

Kel said...

Um, yeah, christmas..ugh...I'm slowly struggling to get it all done and tipping, Yeah, I do that but not to the mail man, trash guy, or other random person I have no contact with.
~K

Mrs. K said...

oh Dr. Zibbs made me day...I don't tip the random person. And since I was recently pissed at my hairdresser I didn't tip her for christmas- shit she owns the salon- isn't there a rule for that? My facial girl? I baked her a cake...she actually said she doesn't want 'tips' because she works at a doctor's office so that worked well for me. Anyone else? I don't go to ONE nail person, our tennis pros we all chipped in $20 for their gift, and who else? oh...nice purse!

Brie said...

All this tipping would turn anyone into a scrooge and quick! I hate it!! Mailman and UPS man get 25 dollars each - they do a lot for me with the business etc and they are competent. Trash man - no, not even sure how that would work. Paper boy - no, he leaves our paper every weekend in a puddle. I'm actually about to cancel the paper cuz he is so bad. Then I get a lovely card today (which like a loser I put in my christmas card basket!) from the Zoots guy wishing us a "very" merry christmas - complete with his mailing address! I think Mr. Zoots would love a little tip - we don't use the service all that often so I am in quandry. Is 10 bucks too cheap, does every little bit help? I don't know.....
My daughter is in middle school with 9 different teachers!! Don't even get me started on that ;) Sorry for the long post, can you tell you hit a nerve?!

Just Ask Beth said...

I am definitely NOT tipping the hairdresser if I don't have an appt. The mailman Banan Bread. Definitely TEACHER gifts good ones they are awesome and often under paid and under appreciated. My maid, doorman, and nanny!! LOL!

Jan said...

Love the new bag! I'm jealous.

Tara R. said...

That bag is gorgeous! That is one sweet tip.

Mrs.D said...

Personally, I dislike the tipping concept. I can handle tipping servers I guess because it's expected and the norm, but to tip every person that does anything is just too much for me. I don't have the money for 1, and for 2, where do you draw the line? I tip my hairdresser a few dollars each visit and I don't even really understand why. Don't people get a paycheck? I don't get tips at my job. I guess I am tight, but it just goes too far.

And that purse is BEAUTIFUL.

My thing is getting gifts for family and friends and that's pretty much it.

K and/or K said...

Is it wrong that I read this post title and thought of cows? Yes, it is sad.
Speaking of cows...love the bag!

The 5 Bickies said...

I get so overwhelmed by the number of tips that are expected. I always tip our mailman as he is amazing to us. I find the years I have tipped the garbage man we get worse service than when we didn't tip. I won't tip the house cleaners or the babysitters...cleaning is just ok and babysitter isn't available regularly. We get holiday cards with their address from the paper delivery...I don't tip anyone who asks or insinuates. Makes me sound a bit scroogish, huh?

I love your bag

Domestic Accident said...

Uh, I give all my childrens' teachers booze because I know they must need it.

Mailmen and garbage men and such get handmade soap or something like that.

I give babysitters cash. I'm desperate.

Julie Simmons said...

Love the comment about booze for teachers. I am a 2nd grade teacher, and honestly, what I really prefer is a book or extra school supplies for the classroom, unless of course one is inclined to give a bookstore or teacher supply store giftcard.

The Major's Wife said...

love the bag, nice little tip for yourself :)

Mrs.D said...

Dr Zibbs, you kill me, lol.

Braja said...

In the US tipping is like an obligation. But in the UK and Australia, and other parts of Europe, it's not. I tip what I feel like tipping: sometimes nothing, sometimes a lot. One time in Santa Monica (oh, I wish i could remember the name of that fantastic Italian restaurant on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard, opposite The Bodhi Tree bookstore!) we had such a great lunch and the waiter, a young guy, was so hilarious and personable, we gave him like $50 between us....he was bowled, and we went back for breakfast the next day. We told him straight up, "Don't go expectin' nothing, sonny..." and he laughed and made a great morning for us. And we tipped large again. But once, in London, the rude waiters were too much, and then they brought our bill with the TIP INCLUDED! We refused to pay and left. They tried to tell us it was "custom," because he thought we were Aussie tourists. I whipped out my British passport and told him to go to hell....:) Gee that was longer than I expected. And I haven't even had any caffeine today!

Braja said...

ps: But one thing is, my mum always used to leave out a carton of beer for the trash guys at Xmas :)

jenn said...

I tip the crap out of my hairdresser at Christmas, but she's AWESOME. Housekeeper gets double pay that week. Trash guy, mailman, uh... notsomuch.

On the other hand, I just finished buying teacher gifts, to the tune of about $75 (total). Ouch.

jenn said...

Forgot to say... love the bag!

linda said...

Love your bag- classic and stylish!
I tip the mailman, $20.- and the two garbage men $20.- each ( they always take whatever amount of trash I leave).
I have one daughter, so I always buy the 1/4 lb Godiva chocolates for each of her teachers,(she's hearing impaired, yet in a mainstream setting)I always am so thankful for them.

Jennifer said...

I admit, I suck at tipping!

La Pixie said...

(1) I LOVE that bag. it is cute and classy. youre very lucky.

(2) I tip the girls at the nail salon and the hair salon and our newspaper guy. I do bake for the UPS guy, though.

Jillian, Inc said...

The people I "gift" at Christmas are: hair cutter, hair colorer (I go to 2 different people for my hair as if my life isn't already complicated enough) lady that does massage and facial, my babysitter, housekeeper and all the "teachers" at daycare (this year there are 9). Instead of cash tip I give wine, chocolate and Starbucks card to the hair and facial people. My hair color guy has gouged me so much this year he's just getting the wine. The babysitter and housekeeper get $100 cash and the school teachers this year are getting monogrammed notepads, candy and CD's. Love your COACH bag.

Momo Fali said...

Not as well as you! I'm so jealous of that bag! It's delightful!

Maureen said...

This just stresses me out. I tip the hairdresser and the babysitter. The sitter is new, but works for us on a regular basis, so I have to figure out the dollar amount.

As for the mailman, I think if he would once acknowledge my two year old who stands with his arm waving as though it will pop out of the socket he would get a tip. However, he chooses to ignore my son and I will ignore his tip.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

someone said I was supposed to tip the garbage man, or he won't pick up your heavy items. I said if he has that kind of cataloging memory, chances are he wouldn't be in waste management.

P said...

I'm in love with that purse! I want one.

Mockingbird Monograms said...

We're not supposed to tip the USPS mail person in cash and never anything over a $25 value. So I've done small(ish) gifts over the years b/c I get a lot of packages (and ship out a lot due to the monogramming).

UPS...nothing. Actually, if I have bottled waters or fraps handy I keep some by the door and give one to them.

Hairdresser...nothing outside the norm and not unless I have an appointment during the holidays.

Teachers...I don't consider those "tips" but we do gift (heavily) all year and at the holidays. We try to do small treats for them throughout the year--even if it's just a random $5 Starbucks card so they can stop and get a treat on the way home (we've got 4 teachers).

I do get about $25-30 in $1.00 bills and we give to the Salvation Army's red bucket everytime we see one. That's an easy thing for our children to get in on, too, and they like putting the money in. The $25 lasts us the holiday season (b/w Thanksgiving and Christmas) for all of the Krogers & Targets, etc. we go in.

 
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