 # How To Quickly Calculate a Tip

Tipping is a standard practice whenever you’re dining out. Although you are expected to tip your server when at a restaurant, you should calculate the amount you wish to tip. This guide provides various methods to calculate your tip.

## Calculate Tip by Changing Decimal Place and Rounding Up.

1. Find your pretax bill. We’ll use \$86.59 for this example.
2. Move the decimal place once to the left to make it \$8.65.
3. Round up the number to the nearest tenth (first number after the decimal). \$8.65 would become \$8.7.
4. Double the number. (8.7 + 8.7= 17.4). You would tip \$17.4, 20% of the total bill.

## Calculate Tip by Doubling the Tax

1. Determine your total bill tax. We’ll use \$7.52 as your tax.
2. Round the tax up to the nearest dollar. For example, \$7.52 would become \$8.
3. Double the result. (8+8=16). \$16 would be your bill’s total tip, which is roughly 15% to 19%.

## How To Determine Whether and When to Tip

The expected tip in a restaurant is between 15% to 20% of your bill. However, you can consider leaving a larger tip if your server went to greater extents while providing the service. Nonetheless, you should always leave a tip even if the service was not quite up to par. 