Do you ever ask for a discount when making a purchase?
Do you consider doing so a challenge that you happily take on, or an embarrassment?
There seem to be two types of people in this world–those who happily ask for a discount and those who would just as soon overpay than ask for a discount.
Which are you?
My mom loves to ask for a discount.
When I was a teenager and in my early 20s, I found this practice unbelievably embarrassing. My mom, very social by nature, would chat up the salesman or cashier, and just before the transaction ended, she’d say, ever so sweetly, “I’d love to buy this, but what kind of discount can you give me?”
I saw her bargaining as begging, and it made me cringe. Yet the strategy worked for her; she often walked away with a sizable discount.
Ironically, years later, I, too, often find myself bargaining. Honestly, there’s no better way to save money, and I don’t mind hearing “no.” I’m not afraid of a retailer’s rejection, and I’m ecstatic when I save money.