The simplest way to save on everything
The way to get the best deal on anything from dry cleaning to a new car is to employ the same technique humans have used since they learned to communicate.
This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.
But lost in the technology shuffle is an even simpler way to save. It's the technique human beings have been using since they developed the ability to employ language: Ask for a better deal.
Granted, we often haggle when shopping for big-ticket items like cars or houses. But there's no reason you shouldn't try it with less-expensive items. It can work when you buy furniture or even stay at a hotel. In fact, a national Consumer Reports survey found that Americans who ask for a discount get it up to 83% of the time.
In the video below, Stacy Johnson shows you the right way to ask for savings, including how he knocked $90 off his cable bill in a 13-minute phone call. Check it out, and read on for tips to becoming a better negotiator.
The person with the power is the one who doesn't care if the deal gets done.
In short, try to buy when others aren't and when stores need to either clear inventory or make a quota.
That being said, it's important to be real. You don't have to be Donald Trump or Mr. Rogers to get a deal -- just be yourself. Use the person's name as often as possible, look him or her in the eye, and treat people as you like being treated.
10. Go for extras. If the price is nonnegotiable, don't give up. There are other ways to sweeten a deal -- like a free upgrade, accessories, a future discount, free shipping, free delivery or free installation. Sometimes, businesses are already prepared to offer these concessions -- because they're cheaper than dropping the price but still make customers happy.
Bottom line? Like conversation, negotiation is an art that cries out to be practiced. It's not just acceptable, it's fun. It often results in lively banter and nearly as often a better deal. That's why it's one of the 10 golden rules of saving on everything.
More from Money Talks News and MSN Money:
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- A simple system to destroy debt
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