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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I disagree about something. When we use a restaurant coupon, how should we figure the tip? I say you should tip on what the total would have been if you didn't have the coupon. He says we tip on the discounted amount. It is unpleasant to go out anymore because we end up arguing at the end of the meal. Who is right? -- COUPONING IN NEW MEXICO

DEAR COUPONING: You are. Your husband is already getting a good deal because he is getting a discount. For him to expect the server to suffer a loss in gratuity income is stingy. How would he feel if the person brought out only one entree and let him pick up his from the kitchen? Not too pleased, I suspect.