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Want To Save Money? Just Ask!

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It may sounds too easy or just ridiculous, but you can save money every day by just asking. You may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but once you do it a few times you can get your confidence level up and learn how to do it. There is never anything wrong with asking for a better price.

I’ll share some examples where I have been able to save money just by asking.

 

TV, Phone, Cell Phone and Internet Providers

Most people think once you are locked in to your provider you have no chance on getting a better rate, time and time again, even when under contract we have been able to talk to these companies and negotiate a better rate. Typically the conversations start by us contacted the customer service department and calmly explaining why we feel we should get a better rate, the reason can often vary – but just by asking you can often get your way. Some of the reasons that we have used that have been successful – poor or degraded service, unpleasant or dishonest employee/salesperson, a competing company having a better rate, loyal customer discount and the list goes on.

 

Floor Models, Damaged Boxes, No Box, Clearance Items, etc

Many people tend to think that these items are already as discounted as they will go. Often we find just by asking the store manager they will reduce the items further to get them out of the store, and why wouldn’t they? These “B stock” products are often taking up prime retail space for products which they could be earning  higher revenue and profit – the key is to show you want to buy them then and there, and you are willing to purchase right away but you just need that little extra push. The bottom line is just ask!

 

Multi-Purchase Discount

This will likely not work at stores like Walmart, Grocery stores, etc – but you can be sure to bet that it will work at stores such as Futureshop, Bestbuy, Leons, the Brick, etc. Again – it doesn’t hurt to ask. If you are purchasing a large purchase, ask for a smaller item to be thrown in for free, or request free delivery or a percentage discount. This tends to work best in commission based stores but it also does work in other stores as well.

 

Above are just some examples of how you can save money just by asking. If you’re out and about and unsure, just ask, the worst thing that can happen is they will say no.

Here are a few tips to help you with asking for a discount:

  • Be nice, polite and respectful, even if you are dealing with a company who has upset you or you are complaining about the quality of a service or product, always remain calm and polite to the person you are speaking with, you will dramatically increase your chances of success if you keep your cool.
  • Be prepared for rejection, asking will not always work, but it does not hurt. If someone says no, then don’t take it personal, make sure that you do not get discouraged by someone saying no!
  • Be prepared to walk away. If you feel you are truly entitled to a discount, if you do not get it then walk away form that company and go to their competitors.
  • Go in with a goal in your head. Make sure ahead of time you know what you want to get out of your discount, whether it be a percentage discount, dollar amount or free product or service.
  • Practice your negotiation skills, practice with a friend, spouse or family member.
  • Watch others negotiate, listen and learn.

Comments (2)

 

  1. Ida Taylor Storey says:

    This article is a great reminder of what we can do to save and forget to do. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Lori Jackson says:

    great article Chris!

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