Morning Money Matters: Holiday Tipping Guide

December 18, 2008; News 12 This Morning

These are the people who tame your tresses, keep your kids, and prune your pansies. Sure, it's their job, but this time of year, a tip is a good way to say "thank you" for a job well done all year. Some of these people go above and beyond the call of duty, so what is your holiday duty to them?

Well, you don't have to do anything, but here are some figures I found if you are feeling generous.

Babysitter: 1 evening's pay + small gift from child

Nanny: 1 week's to 1 month's pay + small gift from child

Daycare providers: $20-$70/each + small gift from child

Child's teacher: Gift (but check school's policy to see if it's allowed)

Coaches, tutors, music teachers, ballet instructors, etc: A small gift from the child

Housekeeper: 1 week's pay or more (depending on length of service)

Trash collectors: $15-$20 each

Gardener: $20-$50

Hairdresser: Cost of 1 cut (or $20-$100) if you go frequently

Manicurist: Cost of 1 session (or $10-$50)

Personal trainer: $25 up to 1 week's pay (or cost of 1 session)

Dog groomer: Small gift + 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of 1 session

U.S. mail carrier: Gifts under $20*

Paper carrier: $15-$25 for daily delivery

As my boss reminded me, tip stands for To Insure Promptness. So, who knows? Maybe you give a little this holiday season, only to get something in return.


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