Congratulations!! I know that feeling all too well... when I got mine about a year ago (After about an 18 month search as well) I literally jumped up and down for like 5 mins, and maybe cried a little. Feelings of self worth and normalcy restored :) :) GO YOU!!
Ohhh NEW question -- and I've seen this vary so widely -- what do you do about tipping when you order carry out from a restaurant you would normally tip in? I always feel obligated to tip (usually the bartender) SOMETHING, but I feel like the standard 20% is too high bc...well I'm taking it to go. Thoughts?
@Lily Rowan Ugh has anyone had the customer feedback "You were amazing today, great service, really excellent" and then gotten like 10%? It's like they think compliments earn them a tipping discount. It doesn't.
@polka dots vs stripes I'll usually tip if I'm ordering food that has to be delivered to my table? But I never really know what to do about those either!
@readyornot It happens. A good, honest server will usually highlight or indicate the service charge for you, but at the end of the day, it's your responsibility to check the bill! Usually service charges are at either 18 or 15% anyway, so a little bump usually evens things out!
@echolikebells As long as you can make your ends meet, tipping generously is never unwise... it just builds up good karma for the future!
It's pretty clear to me that Alex hasn't worked for tips, ever. The standard in my family, which is staunchly low-mid to middle class, has always been 20% plus. I've never been able to understand how people think tipping is optional. IT'S NOT! Waitresses and waiters are basically paid an hourly wage just barely high enough to cover their paycheck deductions. Most don't even get checks! When it comes to 'poor service,' as a former server/bartender, I can attest to the fact that it's usually under staffing, poor kitchen management, or finicky customers that result in poor/slow/forgetful service, not necessarily a bad server. Of course exceptions exceptions exist for bad or apathetic attitudes--If I get a bad attitude, I'll drop to 15%; egregious behavior gets 10%. But never 0. Even if the service is bad, you still have to pay for services you receive. But if I get sub-par service from a truly apologetic/obviously overworked server, 20% every time.
I have...24 eggs currently. That sounds like a lot. Then again eggs are my breakfast (and sometimes dinner, NOT ASHAMED) staple and I buy every 2 weeks? hahaha ohhhhh eggs are so delish.
That's pretty much the only way I get my bills paid! As soon as my paycheck hits the bank, I pay the bills I owe for that period, then allocate the rest for fun/groceries/gas money. It might mean I only have a few dollars to hang onto at the end of the month, but at least my rent is paid on time!