So, you scored an awesome restaurant coupon or gift certificate and you’re about to go out to dinner for free, or with a nice discount. Well, are you aware that, just because you’re going to get a reduced bill, doesn’t mean you should short your waiter by leaving a discounted tip?
Everyone loves to save money. Being able to dine out, and save money on your food bill, is a great thing. The only thing that can spoil this is by being a “cheap” customer and not leaving a sufficient tip for your server. If you’re normally a good tipper, don’t change your good habit because you’re using some type of discount coupon or certificate. If you usually don’t tip much when you go out to eat, the money you just saved on your dining experience provides a great opportunity to pass your savings on to your waiter or waitress by leaving a nice tip.
The mistake most commonly made by patrons using said discounts, involves tipping on the total AFTER the discount has been applied. This tip will make your server sad. You received a discount on your meal, not your service. Always try to tip 15-20% gratuity on the total BEFORE the discount. Take a look at the graphic to see what I mean.