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The holiday tipping quiz

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Americans usually figure out how much to fork over in tips for day-to-day services such as meals and drinks, but year-end tipping can be harder to put a dollar to. This holiday tipping quiz should help you figure it out.

  1. When you do a holiday tip, consider:

    The nature of your relationship with the tipee.
    How often you use the person's service
    Your budget
    How pleased you are with the service
    All of the above
  2. A holiday tip is NOT customary for which of the following:

    Your house cleaner
    Your masseuse
    The UPS guy who brought your mail-order holiday presents
  3. When tipping, the green stuff -- that is, cash:

    Is always appropriate
    Can be (believe it or not) unwelcome
  4. Put a $25 gift in an envelope for your letter carrier, and the Postal Service employee should:

    Kiss you on both cheeks.
    Lose the envelope.
    Slap the cuffs on you.
    Decline.
  5. Do I stuff a holiday envelope with cash for my chiropractor, doctor and dentist?

    Nope. White smocks disqualify them for holiday tips.
    Certainly. Boat payments don't just make themselves, you know.
  6. When tipping a babysitter, nanny or cleaning person, the general guideline is:

    $25-$50, plus a card
    A day's wages if you pay by the day, a week's wages if you pay by the week.
    A cool-looking e-card you downloaded.
  7. The newspaper delivery person should get:

    $10 to $20 with a card, if the paper has been consistently delivered, almost always dry and almost never hurled so hard it lands on the roof or hits the door.
    Zip. Those whom I don't know and don't see, I don't tip.

-- Updated: Dec. 1, 2005

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