Do Extreme Couponers Tip?

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I have always wondered this. When I first began watching Extreme Couponers on TLC, I remember seeing the identical twins who were thrilled about it being their birthday. They featured additional items that you can score for free when it is your birthday.

A lot of restaurants will offer a “freebie” item on your birthday. It can range from a slice of cake, appetizer, ice cream, etc. I do believe the intentions are for you to come enjoy a meal, in which you purchase, and they will throw a freebie in there as a bonus for your birthday. There are always “THOSE people” though that take it to the extreme and come in solely for their free item.

On the show, the twins were treated at a sit-down restaurant and enjoyed their free ice cream. Never mentioned was any gratuity left, and it led me to question if they left any at all.

If you are expecting a free item, then do you expect free service?

Good rule of thumb to live by: if you do not plan on paying someone for their service, then don’t accept their service. Order your food to go.

I remember a few months ago that a single mom’s message to her waitress on her receipt was blasted on the internet. In the “gratuity” line it read something on the line of being a single mom and “Sorry”. She left nothing. Her waitress could very well have been a single parent that can’t afford to give free service.

I question extreme couponers because everyone is aware of how they do not expect to pay much at all for their products. Or, if they do indeed tip, is it also at a “discount” price? Normally, you take a percentage of what your bill has totaled. So, if it’s zero then…No tip?

Whatever the case, always tip when necessary- even if you are just sitting down for a free item.

I think there should be a law passed that automatically generates a tip in your bill. If you had extra special service, feel free to leave more. If you had poor service, ask to speak with the manager and discuss it. Just my opinion though.

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    1. It doesn’t matter if what my bill is, I always leave a good tip. If the person who waited on me was extra awesome they get an even better tip. #cs5711

    1. I totally agree with you. Although, because I tend to go above and beyond for my guests I get a better than average tip. If it were added automatically, maybe people wouldnt think to add more…so that could be a problem for a genuinely great server. We (as servers) will always get that horrible tip from someone who either a)doesnt know any better or b)cant afford it. But the way above average tips I do get help out a lot.

      Just a rule of thumb, if you’re eating out for free, please please please tip your waiter/waitress. They work hard to make your evening out special. Thanks!

      1. I see what you mean about people probably not giving extra if it was automatically generated–good point and you are probably right! Thank you for commenting! Free food does not equal free service and sadly, I don’t think many people realize this.

    1. […] One of my first posts that I ever wrote on this blog was about extreme couponers and gratuity. There’s an episode on TLC’s Extreme Couponing that shows two twin sisters enjoying their birthday together. They have a bunch of vouchers and coupons for freebies and they go to a restaurant and enjoy a free ice cream…But they don’t show them leaving a tip. […]

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