When you go out to eat, do you leave a generous tip or not? My DH has a good strategy for good service--he tips up front. He can be a little demanding, but after getting their tip, most waiters and waitresses are so surprised, that they do all they can to make him happy. In the 17 years of marriage and the 2 years of dating, I have seen it fail only once. He usually tips $10 up front and if he gets good service, he tips another $10. We also treat our waitstaff like they are somebody, inquire about their lives, find out if they are students, have children, single parents, that sort of thing. Most are genuinely touched to have someone care. We live in a tiny town without a lot of places to eat out, so when we go somewhere for a nice meal, we enjoy the whole experience, including our waiter or waitress. Both of us have been dead broke poor at various times in our lives, and I was a waitress also. In our married life together, we have had some real low points, so we know what it is like to scratch for a living. We are by no means even close to being well off, but when you treat others good, it will come back to you in some form or another. So how about it? Are you a good tipper or do you begrudge the extra money you pay beyond the meal and drinks?