Couponing has taught me that deals are everywhere, and the secret really isn’t a secret at all – Sometimes all you have to do is ask! That’s right, ask for the discount.
Steve and I were in Sports Authority last week, and we picked up a tent on sale. It pained me to walk to checkout without a coupon, so I said “I’m going to ask if they have any coupons”. My easygoing husband looked at me, and smiled but I know what he was thinking, no way would I get a discount just for asking.
We walked up to the cash register, and I smiled (being friendly increases your chances, don’t you know?) I asked the young man “You wouldn’t happen to have any coupons, would you?” He actually turned around and started rummaging through his garbage and pulled out a crumpled treasure, and scanned it, saving us $10!!
This secret works with utility bills, phone bills, and just about anything you can negotiate down. (No way is FPL giving us a discount, the beauty of monopoly) I have successfully asked my phone carrier for a discount,asked my credit card company to waive interest as a “courtesy” and lower my interest rate, negotiated my satellite service, and eaten at a discount all because I asked!
Try it and come back and tell me what you asked for, and if it worked 🙂