Asking for Discounts
Do you like to bargain and haggle? Personally, I don’t and while living in Iraq I usually gave my money so someone else so they haggle with the vendors for me. But in a tanking economy I’m starting to get over my aversion.
The simplest tip is to walk down to your human resource department and see what if any discounts you can get through work. Most times these discounts aren’t advertised and many people may not know they exist. I worked for the military for almost 4 years before I found out that I could get a 10% discount off my monthly phone bill. After only six months J. just found out he qualified for 17% off our cell phone plan. My current job has been a bit more upfront. I knew right off the bat that I could get discounted ski tickets, free football tickets, discounted Sam’s Club membership and discounts on car rental. At first glance this may not seem like much but every little bit counts.
Asking for a discount at a store is a bit harder. If it’s a large corporate owned store you could probably get a discount on slightly damaged item, otherwise their price is pretty fixed. Small businesses certainly have more flexibility especially if you are dealing with the owner. I’ve been buying a lot of fabric recently off of Etsy and each time I’ve asked for a discount. I’m looking for much but when I’m spending %30-$60 on something that is for me a luxury I like to be able to save a little. Some people have said yes and some have said no but I didn’t lose anything by asking.
Have you ever asked for a discount when one wasn’t advertised? What discounts do you get through work?