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Old Aug 12, 2009, 06:55 AM   #1
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Best tip calculator app?

I'm going to New York soon and I could use a good tip calculator. Over here in Finland we don't have a tipping culture so I'm not used to just doing tip calculations in my head, thus an iPhone app would be handy.

But there's a gazillion of them in the app store. Which one should I get, which ones should I avoid like plague?
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 07:53 AM   #2
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http://appshopper.com/finance/tip

One of the first apps I ever bought and have loved it.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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I used that one too, and it is very good. I have switched to mTip, however, because it is even simpler and does everything you need on one page. It isn't as attactive, but for straightforward function, I haven't found anything better. (I admit I have stopped looking though, so there may be something else.)

Here is a link.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:50 AM   #4
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How about your brain? This isn't a smart-ass answer, but just a little advice. Take 10% of the final bill and double it. It's very easy and will be acceptible at any US restaurant.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:53 AM   #5
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How about your brain? This isn't a smart-ass answer, but just a little advice. Take 10% of the final bill and double it. It's very easy and will be acceptable at any US restaurant.
Right on the money...(so to speak !!)
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:59 AM   #6
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I use TipStar, works well for me.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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How about your brain? This isn't a smart-ass answer, but just a little advice. Take 10% of the final bill and double it. It's very easy and will be acceptible at any US restaurant.
Since 15-18% is considered standard, this advice would be generous, at least in my part of the US. kas23 is right that it would be acceptable in any restaurant. It most likely would be very appreciated, particularly if the service is special. (I'm not trying to start a flame war about proper tipping levels, honest.)
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:11 AM   #8
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I use Tipulator but have to admit, I never use it. I always end up calculating the tip in my head. I just liked the app...lol

Although, I figure it may come in handy when splitting the check with people...who knows!
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:48 AM   #9
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Another vote for Tipulator.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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Tipscape. I enjoy it, even though I always calculate the tip in my head. ((Bill * .1) * 2), not very hard.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:53 AM   #11
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The tip is usually based on the pre-tax bill, so I usually divide the final total by six and round up (or down if I'm feeling less generous) to the nearest dollar. Assuming 8% tax, that's about 18%.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:55 AM   #12
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How about the stock Calculator App that comes with your iPhone? I don't understand the need to buy another App to do a simple calculation.

You want to leave an 18% tip? Just enter in the bill amount (the amount BEFORE TAXES) and multiply by .18
For example, if the bill amount before taxes is $15.32 x .18 = $2.76 tip

You want to leave a different percentage tip? Just substitute that percentage into the above.

BTW, I've noticed that some restaurants print the tip amounts on the credit card receipt. It would show you what your tip would be at 15%, 18%, 20%. I like that, but you have to be careful, as they may be basing the percentage on the post-tax amount.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:59 AM   #13
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How about the stock Calculator App that comes with your iPhone? I don't understand the need to buy another App to do a simple calculation.
Haha yeah i have to agree. It's the easiest thing to do and it's free.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:59 AM   #14
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How about the stock Calculator App that comes with your iPhone? I don't understand the need to buy another App to do a simple calculation.

You want to leave an 18% tip? Just enter in the bill amount (the amount BEFORE TAXES) and multiply by .18
For example, if the bill amount before taxes is $15.32 x .18 = $2.76 tip

You want to leave a different percentage tip? Just substitute that percentage into the above.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 12:18 PM   #15
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just double the tax, most states are going to be 7-8% tax anyways
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 12:44 PM   #16
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I like CheckPlease Lite, which is free, and also allows you to split the bill and round the totals. Sure I could use the calculator app, but I couldn't resist the cool dials for tip percentage and number of people in your party.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 01:15 PM   #17
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personally

I say the 10% works well $55 bill 10% 5.50 15% $7.75 20% $11.00 not hard to work out between 15%-20% the other simpler way is then grade your service 15% average 20% vg if they were amazing sometimes I go as high as 25% bit these are rare birds price of meal say $63.40 now open Calculator app already on iphone. and lets say you decide 17% to be difficult 63.40 X 0.17 your tip would be 10.78 or I would round up $11 now you can spend that money on other apps.

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well you get the idea! IMO you really don't need a tip app!
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 02:02 PM   #18
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Don't be that guy that uses a tip calculator. They are reserved for the elderly that eat dinner at 4pm. Just tip about 20%. Service people always appreciate good tippers and some make a living on it.

Seriously, don't be that guy.
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Don't be that guy that uses a tip calculator. They are reserved for the elderly that eat dinner at 4pm. Just tip about 20%. Service people always appreciate good tippers and some make a living on it.

Seriously, don't be that guy.
LOL! Even though I bought Tipulator, I agree. Never use it...I just like the little piece of candy that's part of the icon
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Haha yeah i have to agree. It's the easiest thing to do and it's free.
totally, after tax total*.2 done.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 09:48 PM   #21
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Tip calculators are a joke! I would look like an imbecile behind a maid trying to calculate a service on my iphone guessing the %.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 09:53 PM   #22
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Tip calculators are a joke! I would look like an imbecile behind a maid trying to calculate a service on my iphone guessing the %.
you sure do bitch about things a lot. if you don't have something positive to say don't say anything
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you sure do bitch about things a lot. if you don't have something positive to say don't say anything
What if your tip calculator calculate $2.91 and you only have a $2 coin ?
What if your tip calculator calculate $2.91 and you only have a $5 cash ?
What if two cents are missing ?

See what i mean?

Should i bring my money/coin jar ?
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 10:58 PM   #24
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Old Aug 13, 2009, 01:32 AM   #25
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Double the total and move the decimal point over. Servers will thank you, They don't like 10% especially since tips ARE what they live off of.
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