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How to Know How Much to Tip Delivery People

Whether you're being handed pizza, flowers, or a restraining order, this will help you decide how much to tip.


  • Step 1: Tip food deliverers Tip a food delivery person 10 percent of the bill, but no less than $1.
  • Step 2: Give thanks for flowers Give someone who delivers flowers $2 to $5.
  • Step 3: Reward heavy lifting Reward heavy lifting by giving $5 to $10 per person to furniture deliverers.
  • TIP: No matter what's being delivered, increase the tip if the item is very heavy, it needs to be brought up a lot of stairs, or the weather is bad.
  • Step 4: Tip movers not shakers If your movers managed to get all your furnishings to your new home in one piece, give each person on the crew $20 for a small job and $30 to $50 for a large one.
  • Step 5: Use your judgment Tip package-delivery people at your discretion. Some people like to give them a few dollars for outstanding service, especially if the person gets a lot of deliveries.
  • Step 6: Stiff the server If you're being handed something unpleasant, like divorce papers or a restraining order, feel free to keep your wallet in your pocket.
  • FACT: The diet-meal delivery market topped $1 billion in sales in 2007.

You Will Need

  • General tipping guidelines
  • Your own judgment

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