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.
- Find your pretax bill. We’ll use $86.59 for this example.
- Move the decimal place once to the left to make it $8.65.
- Round up the number to the nearest tenth (first number after the decimal). $8.65 would become $8.7.
- 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
- Determine your total bill tax. We’ll use $7.52 as your tax.
- Round the tax up to the nearest dollar. For example, $7.52 would become $8.
- 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.