Every year I struggle with who to tip, who not to tip or how much to tip. So in my latest podcast we try to break it down but soon realize we are not all on the same page. LISTEN to the After Party below and let me know what you think...leave me your comments!
According to MONEY magazine...The amount you give should be tied to the quality and frequency of the service you receive and to your relationship with the service provider.
Here are some holiday tipping suggestions:
Au pair or live-in nanny: One week’s pay and a gift from your kids.
Babysitter: One evening’s pay and a small gift from your children.
Day care provider: Cash ($25-$75) for each staff member who works with your children and a small gift from the kids themselves.
Housekeeper/cleaner: One week’s pay and/or a small gift.
Live-in help (nanny, cook, butler, housekeeper): Up to one week to one month of pay as a cash tip, plus a gift from you.
Nursing home employees: A gift that could be shared by the staff (flowers or food items).
Barber: Cash equivalent to one haircut
Personal trainer/Massage therapist: Cash up to the cost of one session
Newspaper delivery person: Cash $10-30
USPS mail carrier: May receive gifts of up to $20 (Note: This has been corrected.)
Superintendent/doorman: $20-80, but much more in big cities!
Trash/recycling collectors: Check city regulations if it is a municipal service, but generally $10-30 each
Yard worker/gardener: $20-50 each