We leave in a day and age where most of us have other people perform services for us, which usually leads to the question...How Much and Should I Tip?

This happened to me the other day. I went in to get an oil change and after I was done, I wasn't sure if I should have tipped the guys who worked on my car. I saw the person in front of me tip one of the guys, but I also saw several other people leave without tipping.

So, Should I of left a tip?

I did a little research and found some tipping tips! The AARP provided some guidelines for tipping.

Contractors (electricians, plumbers, etc.)

If you work with a regular contractor who cuts you a break from time to time, you may be compelled to offer a tip. Most of the time it isn't necessary to tip an electrician or plumber,


Food server

For a full-service, sit-down meal, 15 to 20 percent of the pretax bill is customary. At a buffet, leave a 10 percent tip. Just picking up a sandwich or a decaf latte from the counter? Tip at least 10 percent.

Road service provider

In some cases, you may want to tip a road service driver when you don't have to pay out of pocket to cover the costs of jump-starting a car or fixing a flat. A range of $10 to $20 is a safe bet.

Cable/satellite installer

With the high price of cable and satellite service, a tip is likely the last thing on your mind. But if the technician's beyond-believable service warrants it, and you've got it to spare, offer no more than $20.


So who do you tip? Do you have a set amount that you tip or does it depend on who, what service, and where you are?

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