Hints From Heloise: Tips on tipping hotel housekeepers

By Hints From Heloise
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dear Heloise:

I just read the comment in your article about tipping housekeepers and maids. I like to tip housekeepers, especially if I am at a hotel for several days. Sometimes they leave an envelope with their name on it. I want to be sure that the ones who do my room are the ones who get the money.

It's very confusing, and I really do care about this because my mother raised me and put me through school on her tips. If I leave a tip in the morning before I leave the room, it might not be the same housekeeper who cared for me the day before.

Rae in Texarkana, via e-mail

Rae, thanks for writing. Here's a hint just for you: Put your tip in one of the hotel envelopes, and leave it at the front desk.

Another comment: Daisy, via e-mail, says: "I feel that my husband does not leave enough money in appreciation for the good service he requests, so I keep lots of $5 bills in my wallet (tucked away) when we go on any trips or overnights at hotels or motels. I leave one every morning under my pillow with a short note of appreciation."

Dear Heloise:

I don't like cat litter for my two cats, and they don't like it either. So, I shred scrap paper and old newspapers, and use that as cat litter. Absolutely no smell, dust or cleanup for me.

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