A subject of much debate, tipping in any circumstance, has no right or wrong answer as there are many things to consider.
The consensus in food delivery tipping, regardless of what your order, is between 15% to 20% of your bill.
Yet, as discussed in this article by Eatocracy, it's not just about the amount of the bill. It also involves factors like weather, timeliness, transportation, distance, missing items, cold food, and the list goes on!
What if you're paying $15 for a pizza from a place across town where the delivery person drove his car in a snow storm? The pizza is piping hot and arrives on time. Will 15% suffice? Probably not. In that case, you may want to give the delivery person $5 to $7 (or more) for his effort and great service.
But as we've seen this past winter, the weather has been terrible and tipping can add up!
A family of 2 to 4 may order 3 times a week during the winter season (November to February) at an average of $40 a bill. Well, that is a lot of tipping!
Let's say that our food delivery comes out to $500 every month. Add 15% (at the very least) for tips. That's $72 a month. For the whole winter? We're looking at close to $300.
It definitely adds up, especially with some restaurants charging extra for delivery.
What are your thoughts on tipping?