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Trends and tips on tipping for the 2015 holiday season

Care.com (“the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care”) has released the results of its 2015 Holiday Tipping Survey, prepared with the help of money guru Suze Orman.

Among the results:

▪ The survey found that 70 percent of families will tip this holiday season, and 18 percent plan to tip more this year than last. One in five families estimates spending more than $250 on holiday tips in 2015.

▪ 41 percent of people surveyed are budgeting ahead for tips, and respondents are prioritizing people with whom they have meaningful relationships.

▪ 34 percent of families are budgeting $101-$250, and 8 percent will spend more than $400.

▪ 30 percent of respondents tip in cash only, and 60 percent prefer a mix of cash and physical gifts.

▪ 77 percent will use gift cards/certificates as holiday tips this year, up from 45 percent in 2014.

▪ 85 percent tip to say “thank you” for a job well done.

▪ 21 percent tip because it is expected.

▪ 11 percent tip out of fear they won’t get good service the following year.

▪ 30 percent of respondents will not be tipping this year; and of those, 41 percent cannot afford holiday tips, 29 percent simply forget, and 34 percent believe holiday tips are not necessary.

▪ Who gets tipped? 60 percent of survey respondents prioritize tips for babysitters, nannies, day care workers, etc.; 47 percent tip personal care contacts such as hairstylists, manicurists, personal trainers, etc.; 39 percent tip those who handle home care needs; 14 percent are tipping dog walkers, cat sitters and other pet care providers.

▪ If not cash, then consider a gift card, some homemade cookies or even a thank-you card.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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