So, you scored a hot deal at your favorite restaurant at your favorite daily deal site. You head out to each and enjoy your meal. When the check comes, you pull out your voucher to offset the cost of your meal. You are ready to leave your tip — so how do you calculate it? Is it on the total you pay or the total you consumed?
When it comes to leaving tips when redeeming a coupon, voucher or even gift card, the total tip should always be calculated on the total amount consumed — before sales tax. Why not on just the amount you pay? After all, you didn’t PAY full price, so why tip full price?
You tip your waiter or waitress based upon service. The food they serve and the service the provide is not discounted or cut in half. They don’t take care of you half the time. They do not fill your drinks only half full. They provide a FULL service to you when you dine out. They are owed the full amount of their tip, regardless of what you spend.
Here are some quick examples for you to follow (using a tip rate of 20%):
Total of your bill before voucher and sales tax: $45
Amount of the bill after voucher: $20
20% Tip = $9 (20% of $45)
Total of your bill before gift card and sales tax: $37.23
Amount due after gift card applied: $0
20% Tip = $7.45
Remember that this is your waiter or waitresses profession. They rely upon tips to pay their household expenses, car payment and other bills. If you pay them less simply because you pay less, you are hurting them financially. If you enjoy your dining experience, thank them — don’t short them in their pay.