At year's end, many people like to show appreciation for those they do business with year-round. but just how much appreciation, can be confusing. Kiplinger's personal finance gathered suggested guidelines for holiday tipping:
For hairstylists, manicurists, barbers and the like, the recommended tip is the cost of one visit.
For a cleaning person who visits weekly, it's usually the cost of one service.
Apartment dwellers should check with their building to see if there's a collective fund distributed among staffers. If not, Kiplinger's recommends a range of 25 to 100 dollars for doormen, and 15 to 50 for handymen.
A dog walker can receive up to one week's pay if they walk your pet five days a week or more. If it's less frequent, one day's pay.
And be mindful that your giving falls within certain rules.
The U.S. Postal Service prohibits carriers from accepting cash gifts, or gifts with a value greater than 20 dollars.
Trash and recycling collectors can receive 10 to 30 dollars each, but some cities and towns forbid workers from accepting gifts.
And remember, these are just suggestions. For those who can't afford cash, a small homemade gift or treat will also be appreciated, in the spirit of the season.
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