How much should you tip?

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Thanks to Super Coupon Lady for this post on tips. I have to agree that yes I am a very “thrifty person” but feel you should NOT skimp  on a tip… but Matt on the other hand likes to go a little over board and normally leaves a 30% or more tip.  We do not eat out often but I just bite my lip as he fills out the receipt. I know that he is just being kind, but  I feel that 20% for standard service is plenty and more if they did an outstanding job…. am I just being cheap?I love to Save Money and, as I’m sure you all know, I am an avid couponer!!  However, I am not cheap when it comes to tipping.  When dining out I always tip from 18-20%.  I was a server throughout college so I know what a tough job this can be and how much you rely on those tips.

I am a little perplexed when it comes to tipping in other situations.  Like, haircuts for the kiddos, carryout orders at restaurants, help to your car with your groceries, etc.  Recently, I went to a New Doughnut shop in town with a friend and my receipt had a place for a tip.  I was really surprised since I went to the counter, ordered and waited there for my doughnut and coffee.  Was I suppose to tip for that?!  I didn’t see how it was any different than ordering food at McDonalds or Panera?!

So, what I’d like to know is this ~  What services do you believe require a tip, how much do you tip, what do you do if the service is horrible? Share your thoughts and comments below.  Thanks so much!!!!

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