Tipflation: Why It Feels Like You're Being Asked to Tip on Everything

What is tipflation and is tipping culture getting out of control?

Woman paying bill on contactless cash machine
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What began as an act of gratitude for service at restaurants and bars, tipping is now expected in fast-food places and restaurants where your only interaction is with an iPad and Americans are giving into it. 

According to the Forbes 2023 Digital Tipping Culture Survey, 95% of respondents said they leave a tip at least sometimes, 76% of people tip always or often, and one in three people feel pressured to leave a tip. 

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Vaishali Varu

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University, UK. She has worked for her local news outlet, the Leicester Mercury as well as writing personal finance stories for digital publications, The Money Edit, MoneyWeek and GoodToKnow. When she is not writing about money-saving, deals, finance hacks and other personal finance topics, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.