If you’re in the U.S., you’ve probably noticed a sharp uptick in the businesses now asking you for a tip, thanks to touch-screen payment systems that are programmed to automatically suggest gratuity amounts. These days, it’s not uncommon to be prompted for a little extra moula when buying groceries, grabbing a coffee or picking up takeout. For consumers, adding a tip has become as simple as touching a button — though for many, the choice is fraught with guilt and pressure.
So when is it really appropriate to tip — and when is it okay to save your bucks, especially considering the rising cost of consumer goods? Read on to explore the question from every angle, including advice to help you navigate the economic, psychological and moral aspects of the new tipping culture.
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Thanks to touchscreens and the pandemic, tipflation is everywhere — and it’s hard to say no.
Tipping is as American as baseball or gun violence. The rules governing the practice were never totally straightforward and have always been wrapped up in issues of sex, race, and class.
Tipping is more common than ever these days—you likely see an option to tip at coffee shops, takeout counters, and in all sorts of delivery apps—but is it required? And if so, how much should you leave?
Do you really need to tip on that to-go coffee? We have some financial guidance for you.
Here are a waiter's tips for how to tip.