Holiday Tipping Guide: Don't Forget the Mailman and Babysitter

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"If you don't tip that newspaper carrier, you're going to be walking all the way down that hall or to the end of the driveway to receive your newspaper," says Rowley. "You're never going to see that newspaper anywhere near your door." A tip is an incentive for you to "keep getting that newspaper right by your door," she says.

The Doorman
Before tipping the doorman, compile a list and check it more than twice to make sure you include all the individuals who have provided service throughout the year. To determine the amount of the tip, Rowley suggests you ask yourself, "How often do you get service from this person; is this someone that you never see or someone who runs to open the door?" The minor details will help you decide how to divvy out a tip. "The minimum tip for a doorman is about $20," says Rowley.

"These are people who are not highly paid and they rely on tips," says Rowley. If you have to trim from your holiday list, Rowley says, "Cut back on a distant relative."

The Mailman
A cash tip may not be permissible but there are other ways to show your gratitude. Since booze and cash are not options, consider gifting your U.S. postal carrier with a gift card, say our tipping experts. Skip the silver letter opener.

The Dog Walker
Many people consider pets a member of the family, so tipping during the holiday is like giving a gift to a family member. How much should you tip? "Depending on how many hours they're coming to walk your dog it tends to fall between $35 and $60," says Sachs. Rowley suggests a minimum of $20.

Housekeeper or Cleaning Lady
Our experts had different opinions on what to gift your housekeeper or cleaning lady at the end of the year. But, anywhere from a couple of days' worth of work to 50-100 percent of their weekly fee seems fair.

Senior Ctizen Care Giver
"If someone is providing senior care, make sure to check with agency about tipping policy," says Sachs. "If they work for themselves, I would also say an appropriate tip is similar to what you give a nanny." That's a week's salary.

Garbage Collector
The median tip for the man who comes to your home multiple times a week to rid you of waste is $10.

The Dry Cleaner
Skip. "That person provides a service for which they're paid," says Rowley. "That's their business. I wouldn't tip a cleaner or a laundry person. If you want to give a gift, then give a card." The difference between a dry cleaner, a butcher, and other sales people is there is no personal relationship. "They don't come into your house. The job fits into outside services," says Rowley.

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