By Cameron Huddleston
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Simply keeping your eyes open and inquiring about a lower price can save you some serious dough. Author Cameron Huddleston says that she was recently shopping in a local boutique and mentioned to the salesperson that she wished the item she wanted was on sale. The salesperson told her she could get a 20 percent discount simply by going online and voting for the store in a “best of” competition run by the local newspaper. So, she pulled out my phone, voted and got her discount. 40 bucks saved!
Haggling for a better price can be intimidating. You don’t want to look like a cheapskate or feel rejected when a salesperson says no to your request for a deal. Perhaps that’s why less than half of shoppers surveyed by Consumer Reports said they tried to negotiate a lower price on everyday goods and services. But those who do try to haggle are typically rewarded; the survey found that 89 percent of shoppers who negotiated did save money at least once.
I don’t need survey statistics, though, to tell me that haggling pays off because it’s a technique I use to save more than $1,000 a year.
Yes, it can feel awkward asking for a lower price. But, it feels great to get a deal. So if you tend to shy away from haggling, here’s what I’ve learned about how to do it successfully.
I SAVE MORE THAN $100 A YEAR BY ASKING FOR DISCOUNTS
If the prospect of haggling intimidates you, you can still score discounts without negotiating back and forth. Simply ask merchants or service providers whether they have any coupons, special deals or ways to save. I’ve done this when booking hotel rooms and activities for family vacations, when shopping at retail stores and even when dining at restaurants.