You've just finished a delicious meal at one of your favorite Myrtle Beach restaurants, the bill is placed on your table and it’s time to put your thinking cap on. When you sign on the dotted line, are you sure you left a decent tip for the service that was provided to you? 15% tip is typically left for average service, but if your server did their job well with a smile, they deserve more – give them at least 20%!
Math and I don’t mix, so I always sweat a little when it’s time to tip. I found a few ways to help ease the tipping process the next time you’re out.
1. Move the decimal over one to the left, then double the number. Leaves a 18% – 20% tip
This is the way my mom taught me back in the day and the easiest way to give your server 20%. Move the decimal point in your pretax bill one place to the left, round up and then double that rounded number. This will equal 20% of your original bill.
Use standard rounding rules. If the number is 5 or higher, round up. If the number is lower than 5, round down. This will help you get as close to 20% as possible.
2. Double the number before moving the decimal. Leaves a 20% tip.
It’s kind of like the first method, but instead of moving the decimal over first, double the number first. Round up! For example: $56.63 to $57, double that to get $114, then move the decimal over one place to the left.
3. Double the tax. Leaves a 15%-19% tip.
Round the tax on your bill to the nearest dollar. If your bill is $53.75 and the tax on the whole meal is $4.77, round up to $5. Then double the tax to get $10, which is about a 19% tip.
Eating at a buffet? Give them 10% for average service, throw in extra if they refill your drinks, take plates, and/or go above and beyond!
There you have it, 3 ways to simplify tipping your server correctly. Remember, if you're using a coupon DO NOT tip on the discount. It’s hard work to be a server. They are providing you a service and should be tipped accordingly. Also, there’s a lot more people behind the scenes that make your meal as pleasant as possible, sometimes that tip is shared with them!