The next time you go anywhere, remember the $1 tip is dead

Dear Moneyist,

Every year, my husband has to work on site in Hawaii for about a month. I go with him because I work online and can take my work wherever I go. I know what a sweet deal this is and I know how very lucky we are. We are both working pretty much full time, so it’s not a vacation.

Naturally, he is on a per diem and we definitely don’t stay anywhere fancy, but we do have housekeeping services where we stay. I make the bed and clean up everyday, but they bring in fresh towels, coffee and empty the garbage everyday, and change the sheets once a week.

‘I have counted 7 different housekeepers during the time I’ve been here. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who shows up which day.’

I have counted seven different housekeepers during the time I’ve been here. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who shows up which day. If there is, I can’t figure it out.

I don’t know how to leave a tip at the end of our stay. I took this problem to the supervisor at the front desk. He told me he doesn’t know how they handle their tips and it’s up to them how they split (or don’t split) them up.

Should we just leave an envelope containing cash at the end of our stay and just hope whoever shows up that day does the right thing? They have all been gracious and efficient, and I want to make sure they know we didn’t just walk out the door without tipping them for their work.

How much should I tip when I am away from home?

Awkward Tipper

Dear Awkward,

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