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Ask The Swag Gal (August 7, 2009)

Posted by on Fri, August 7th, 2009 at 8:00 am


Happy Friday Swagsters!

Don’t you just love the excitement of Fridays? Sure, when we talk about weekends we’re technically talking about Saturdays and Sundays. But let’s be honest, Sundays are always a little sad because you know the work/school week is right around the corner. Fridays though are all about anticipation – the thrill of the unknown. So while you may be stuck behind a desk, or in a high-rise cubicle, the mind is free to wander.

And right now this Swag Gal’s imagination is filled with thoughts of night on the town. Which is why today’s question from Phaedra J., in Bend, Oregon is so timely. She asked:

Dear TSGal, What are your thoughts about tipping. How much is the right amount for waitresses, barristas and taxi drivers?

Ahhh so we arrive at the subject of tipping. I think at one point or another we’ve all been sitting at a table at the end of a meal, or exiting the cab when we stop and ask ourselves, “Shoot! How much do I tip?”. I have to admit, I am that person that always turns to the person next to me for the answer instead of trying to figure it out. (This is precisely why I didn’t major in finance!) That was until a few months ago when my friend took notice of this and gave me a little gift. This gift was a little pocket-sized folded pamphlet titled “Gratuitous Guide to Tipping“. It covers tipping for all categories that require it.

I will share it with you flat out, because I think they have it down pat!

BEAUTY

Stylist/Barber
15-20% – Especially if they squeeze you in on a busy day!

Mani/Pedi
15% is a standard. Add $2-3 more for giving an extra foot massage or for remembering your favorite color. :)

Spa Treatments/Massage
15-20% – If your service provider offers a helpful product and health advice, really pays attention to your needs, think about a little more.

FOOD

Server
15-20% – Always remember to see if gratuity is included for larger groups. If you pay with a credit card, try and leave the tip in cash.

Bartender
$1 per drink is a standard, but a few dollars more shows you appreciate a finely crafted cocktail or some bartenderly advice.

Coat Check Attendant
$1 per item if the coat check is free. If there is a charge no need to tip.

Food Delivery
$2-4 depending on convenience and weather conditions. Remember it’s not always the delivery person’s fault if the food is late! :)

TRANSPORT

Taxi Driver
10% of total fare. If your driver helps with baggage, etc., maybe a little extra.

Parking Valet
$2 per car.

LODGING

Doorman
$1 for hailing a cab, or for helping with your baggage.

Bell Staff
$1-2 per bag, especially if they’re heavy!

Housekeeping
$2 per night. (Let’s not forget..they do make your bed every night!)

Concierge
$5-10 for making impossible-to-get dinner or theater reservations.

Here is a tip chart, should you forget how to work out those percentages. :)

Now you are all pros!! Now get out there and put all that new knowledge to work this weekend!

-TSGal

Rapidly approaching 30,000…

Posted by on Fri, August 7th, 2009 at 7:00 am
Here at Swagbucks, we appreciate the little things like milestones. Maybe those would be considered big things. Either way, we enjoy them. We typically celebrate when we hit them as we did when we hit 70,000 fans on Facebook. We’re close to hitting 30,000 followers on Twitter, so the excitement is already in the air. ... Read More »

You Smell!

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 5:32 pm
Just Kidding, but you could take advantage of a pleasant new gift card in the Gift & Rewards Cards section. This $5 Gift Card from FragranceNet.com can help you get any number of name brand colognes or perfumes, or if you don’t smell but your dwelling does, scented candles! They also have plenty of skincare, ... Read More »

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Now Playing in the Swag Store!

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
One of this summers most anticipated films opens up nationwide tomorrow, and we have been lucky enough to obtain a handful of AWESOME limited edition G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra movie posters (12″ x 18″) for your snagging pleasure. Grab it today in the Film & TV swag section of the Swag Store, and see ... Read More »

Twitter Trivia Today!

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Today’s Thursday which means trivia will be played on the Swagbucks Twitter page! Now its been a crazy day over at Twitter if you haven’t heard. They were down early all morning because of the actions of some mean computer guys, which is a technical term. Given that, please note that problems with Twitter during ... Read More »

Shop&Earn with MacMall

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
If you haven’t been by Shop&Earn lately you might be missing out on some great money-saving coupons. We also have had our My Favorite Stores feature available for some time now so take advantage of that if you haven’t yet. We email coupon alerts for all your favorite stores every time we add a coupon ... Read More »

Plant-A-Tree!

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 10:03 am
For just 15 Swag Bucks you can plant a tree, which is a more powerful thing than you might think. There are reforestation projects going on all over the world and our friends at Seed The Future are an integral part of that effort. There are 17 countries you can choose from to plant your ... Read More »

XBox 360 Live Starter Kit Swagstakes

Posted by on Thu, August 6th, 2009 at 7:00 am
You may recall that we gave away an XBox 360 Arcade a few weeks ago. Well, we’re doing it again but you may have noticed this picture is a bit busier than the last time we gave away an XBox 360. That’s because we’re giving away much more than a console; this is a complete ... Read More »

$100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card Winner!

Posted by on Wed, August 5th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
Julie G. of Fargo, ND is about to become a whole lot smarter because she just won $100 of spendin’ cash at Barnes & Noble (they sell books there, hence the enhanced intelligence). However, she can spend it on magazines or coffee and muffins or even greeting cards. Barnes & Noble isn’t a one-trick pony ... Read More »

Fathead Swagstakes!

Posted by on Wed, August 5th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
We’ve got two new Swagstakes for both the sports fan and the comic book fan! I’m fully aware that many of you may be both in which case, great! We have two Fathead packages, each featuring 3 awesome Fatheads,which are life-size decals you can stick to your wall. They are removable, reusable, and remarkable! These ... Read More »