Consumer Watch: Tips on holiday tipping

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 5:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  Tipping can consuming year-round, but especially during the holiday season.

Hair salons, paper delivery employees, house cleaners, bag boys, childcare providers and nannys are all potentially deserving of tips, but many say you should never feel obligated to tip.  If you do decide to express some financial gratitude, make sure it is approved with the company or business the employee works for.

Jennifer Barker is a hairstylist and said many salons mirror the restaurant business, where the average tip is approximately 20 percent.

People who work with children or have high responsibilities are often recipients of larger tips.  Doubling the paycheck of a regular babysitter is also a good way to keep them, and your child, smiling.

Landscaper, Ryan Curry, said he is oftentimes tipped with tickets to sporting events, but the best tip he can receive is future business.

“The best form of appreciation that customers can show me is by having me back for more projects at their own property in the near future or just referrals to friend, family or neighbors,”  Curry said.

For companies that do not allow financial gifts, consider the gift of praise, which may actually have a longer lasting effect than cash.  Also, baking a sweet treat is also a nice way to show thanks.
 

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