By Deborah Goldstein
Who should you tip each December? And how much? While you might be on a tight budget (like the rest of the country), a gift or cash equivalent shows your appreciation better than just a thank you. Don't be a Scrooge. When you create your holiday shopping list or budget, remember to include the following.
Hairstylist, Barber, Manicurist: Tip the cost of one haircut or manicure if you visit regularly. If more than one person works with you, divide the cost into separate cash tips or gifts for each. If the owner of the salon or barbershop usually works with you, he or she may refuse your tip, but it's still nice to offer one.
Housekeeper: Tip the cost of one cleaning in cash or as a gift. If your cleaning service routinely sends different people, you don't need to tip each one.
Mail Carrier: Give a small gift up to a $20 value only (no cash), according to the U.S. Postal Service rules.
Work Assistant: Tip $50 or more (or give a gift equivalentRead More »from Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much Do I Pay?