Free Breakfast Tipping: Day 141

I decided as part of my vacation guide responsibilities that instead of heading to the well known national parks in the area like Zion and Bryce Canyon on the first day, I would instead take them on a slot canyon hike. Neither have ever done slot canyon hiking before and it’s pretty unforgettable the first time you do it. There are a lot of great slot canyons to hike in the area. One of my favorites is the Wire Pass trail which leads into Buckskin Gulch which is located in Vermilion Cliffs national monument. It’s a wonderful slot canyon hike because of the beautiful colors of the canyon walls and there are no need for ropes to do the hike (although there are some sections where you have to scramble up and down boulders). Here are a few photos from the hike:

Wire Pass trail

wire pass trail slot canyon

Buckskin Gulch slot canyon

Here is a short video of what it’s like hiking through the slot canyon:

It was definitely a wonderful day to hike the canyon since it was rather hot outside and the shade of the canyons kept us cool even during the hottest part of the day.

As for the financial aspects of the day, I had another tipping quandary to address today. The hotel we stayed at in Las Vegas didn’t come with a free breakfast, so we stopped and ate a meal while we were driving. The hotel we’re staying at in Kanab comes with a free breakfast each morning. I usually leave $2 for the breakfast workers who stock the food and keep the self-serve food area clean. Being on the minimum wage challenge, the question is should I be spending this money when it’s not necessary that I leave a tip?

Part of me says that being on a tight budget, I should be watching every penny and not spending any money where I don’t have to, but another part wants me to continue to do the things I have been doing in the past no matter what my financial situation. I find it much easier to deny myself than to take away small amounts that I usually budget for others knowing that even though they may be small amounts, they can have a large impact on the person who receives those tips. For much the same reasons that I decided to leave the $5 tip for the maids, I have decided to continue this tipping that I have done in the past to the free breakfast servers.

I also think that it’s currently easier for me to default in giving these tips since I’m not paying for the hotel rooms. If I was spending $65 a night for the hotel room and that was coming out of my budget each day, I think it would be more difficult to part with another $7 on top of that. It should be interesting to see what I decide to do when I take a trip and I’m paying for the hotel rooms as well for an extended period of time. What is your opinion on tipping the breakfast servers when you stay at a hotel which offers free breakfast as part of the hotel room price?

Today’s Spending

Food: $2.00
Car: $0.00
Lodging: $5.00
Travel: $0.00
Health: $0.00
Misc: $0.00

Total: $7.00

Total Spending

Food: $307.93
Car: $597.00
Lodging: $156.31
Travel: $408.26
Health: $2042.65
Misc: $72.59

Total: $3584.94

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5 Responses to Free Breakfast Tipping: Day 141

  1. CB in the City says:

    Well, I will certainly give a biased answer, as I used to be one of those breakfast workers. It was not typical to get a tip but very, very much appreciated. It made all the difference in how my morning felt.

    I think you should continue to do what is important to you despite the challenge. Everyone, no matter what their income, does the things that are important to them.

  2. Denise Armeson says:

    I tip when I get good or even average service. When I get poor or durly service I do not tip. I of course take onto consideration on how busy it is. Sometimes I have received the worst service when it has been slw.

  3. Lisa says:

    For me, decisions like this represent the difference between being frugal and cheap. I define frugal as being thrifty and budget minded, but only to the extent that it affects me. Once my frugality starts affecting others, I am being cheap. For example, I may buy used goods at a garage sale for myself, but I wouldn’t give a used toaster as a wedding gift. I may use a coupon at a restaurant, but I would still tip the server appropriately. Of course there can be circumstances where you truly cannot afford some things or be as generous as you would like, but that’s another quandary.

  4. jim says:

    I tip at least 20 – 25 % of the total bill ALL the time. I’ve never really had bad service difficult sometimes, but due to extenuating circumstances. I’ve been broke and I know what these people are dealing with. I’ve never regretted it – I’ve always done it happily. Reap what you sow.

  5. teresa says:

    I always tip breakfast servers, they don’t get paid well and are underappreciated. I compliment anyone who does a good job at any establishment, it doesn’t cost anything and it can make a crappy job a little bit better. Tipping maids at hotels is also a great thing to do, you may pay a lot for the lodging but it doesn’t go to them.

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