Recession Etiquette: Tipping When Money Is Tight

Money left under a coffee cup.

Times are tough. As the economy falters, do you find yourself leaving smaller tips? iStockPhoto.com hide caption

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From barbers to bartenders, people who work for tips may find themselves with empty pockets during this economic downturn. Is it OK to leave smaller tips in a recession? And if you rely on gratuities, are you earning less for the same service?

Kimberly Palmer, a senior editor at US News & World Report, blogs as the "Alpha Consumer". She offers some guidance on tipping in a bad economy.

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