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COVID-19 pandemic rewrites the rules on how much to tip

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 07:36:58-05

People may want to consider being more generous when they decide to tip for the holidays.

Laura Benkahla is a business owner who has felt the effects of the pandemic at her salon, Beneath the Crown.

"A lot of people left the industry because there was no guarantee that you were ever going to get back to work, and it was scary," she said.

Now that she is back to work, she stresses to her customers that anything extra would be really appreciated.

"You know, it's it's just a nice little gift to your stylist for taking care of you," she said.

But besides the stylists who've been working so hard the past year and a half, who else should get a little something extra in the tip jar this year?

In general, it's a nice gesture to tip people who are providing one-time services and services throughout the year.

How much you should give?

Most experts say those who can afford it should typically tip:

  • The price of a haircut to a stylist
  • The cost of one session to a trainer
  • $25 to $70 to a daycare teacher
  • $50 to a housekeeper
  • $20 to a mail carrier or trash collector

However, all of those service industry workers would undoubtedly appreciate a bit extra from those who can afford it this year since many of those workers lost money due to the impact of COVID-19.

One thing to consider: In some cases, there are rules and regulations around the kinds of tips that workers can receive.

For example, teachers and postal workers are not supposed to accept gifts above a certain amount. Many can't receive a gift of more than $20 in value.

So you may want to do a little asking around — from neighbors and fellow parents — so you don't waste your money.

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