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My (secret) Money Saving Tip!

January 17th, 2007 at 05:54 pm

Sometimes, you can save money just by speaking up and asking flat out for a discount. Don't believe me? Try it out and you'll see. Don't just limit yourself to yard sales and flea markets; many brick and mortar stores may offer you a discount as well, especially on open-box items, high-price items, or items with visible dents/blemishes (of course, first check to see if it works). If you buy in bulk or you shop/eat often at that store, ask for a bulk discount or if there's a frequent shopper/diner card.

Still tongue tied? If you are a college student, ask if there's a discount for students. Belong to AAA or AARP or any affiliation? You might qualify for a discount as well.

Don't be mean or demanding! Ask in a nice, polite manner and remember to smile. Even if you get denied, don't take it personally. Thank the merchant and then go on with your business. In the end, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so...just ask!

7 Responses to “My (secret) Money Saving Tip!”

  1. Amber Says:

    Tanks for the reminder, some times I forget to show my college ID for discount

  2. Amanda Says:

    Man, I think I miss the college discount the most at the movies.

    Sigh, I can't wait to go back.

    My favorite is the florida resident rate at Disney. Mmmm ... SO worth it ... that even a few hurricanes won't scare me out of this state.

  3. baselle Says:

    And you never know - other cards in your wallet can give you other discounts too. If you have a bus pass, you get discounts. Sometimes keeping your wallet open at the right time will help you out.

  4. beans6 Says:

    Great tip I do this when Im buying furniture or appliances. Alot of times they will say my manager wont lower the price any but in saturdays paper there will be a sale or coupon that will give you additional off.Another one that works is dont you give a discount for cash? are a discount if I spend over xxx amount?I have also used the line does John still work here? He always use to take care of me & see that I received the best possible price.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    That is my #1 rule of frugality - price is ALWAYS negotiable. & if it isn't find the item or service where price is negotiable. Wink
    I am getting better at haggling with age - usually my dh does the work - hehe.

  6. fern Says:

    Since i am now dating a doctor, Smile I have learned from him that he will often give a 'discount' to patients who don't have health insurance. It's a lot less hassle compared to processing the claim thru an insurer. So be sure to speak up then, too.

  7. Champion Cheapskate Says:

    Sounds good. But don't forget about first-time customer offers. Motto: Shop local, get a discount. "Neighborhood" folks are a gold mine to local merchants. They want to keep you away from malls, computers/Internet and catalogs. So get to know them.

    Oh, the best discount is to buy only what you need. Don't get burned from discount fever.

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