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

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Rob from South Milwaukee, WI

Q: Do you tip differently for alcohol versus food?

A: I think because I get the bill for the whole meal and drinks are one at a time, I tip differently.

Q: How do you make your tipping decisions?

A: A base percentage, which goes up if the service is above average.

Q: What personal experiences influence your tipping style?

A: I used to work for tips (bus boy and pizza delivery).

Q: Any other thoughts?

A: My haircuts are from the local chain, so they are only $15. I always tip $5 because I budget $20.

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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