Tipping in Hard times
Now money is such a sensitive issue and more needed than wanted, it has become a scarce and valuable commodity. The US dollars is still okay in comparison to some Asian countries like Thailand (Thai Baht) because the Thai Baht lost their monetary value and could not enjoy value for money consumer goods. During the upcoming holiday seasons, Christmas and New Years, we unfortunately could not extend our already small savings for tipping; we have skipped on buying gifts so far.
There are many alternatives to tipping with money since we can't afford to now.
There's the choice of giving back and showing are appreciation in different ways; Thank You cards and Small gifts that you have lying around the house of no importance or use could be another great way to give back. Don't worry though, they will understand this time and know that you meant Thank you and not charity. But to think about it, what's wrong with being charitable or receiving charity, it is the time of the credit crunch and economic slump, why not lend a helping hand or don't feel to proud to receive help, may be we could all learn to help in small and big ways for the upcoming holiday seasons and until the economy gets better.
Want to show your appreciation without breaking your budget? First, assess how much cash you can give and set that aside for the service providers who care for your family. Then, consider small gifts, like fruit baskets or even your famous homemade chocolate chip cookies, for everyone else. Include a handwritten note expressing your appreciation with every holiday tip or gift, says Lizzie Post, spokeswoman for the Burlington, Vt.-based Emily Post Institute. (Even if you can't afford to give anything, never skimp on the card, says Post.)