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FEATURED QUERY: Do you rely on tips for a living? Tell us more



Blaise from Grantsburg, WI

Q: How do you make your tipping decisions?

A: I start with a specific percentage (20 percent if it is a local restaurant where I may be known or if I am likely to return, 15 percent if neither applies). I adjust up or down a few percentage points based on the quality of service and round the total to an even dollar amount.

Q: What personal experiences influence your tipping style?

A: Hearing from waitresses who are dependent on the income has made me gradually more generous over the years.

In May, we asked our listeners and readers how they decide what to tip for the services they use. More than 500 people responded to our survey. Many provided their personal experiences, strategies and rationales for how they handle this often confusing part of everyday life. Click here to see all the responses, and please visit our interactive map of tipping trends in the U.S.

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