Getting discounts can be easy. Often, all you need to do is ask. Weblog Free Money Finance shares another tip for making this happen: ask if there's a discount for new customers.
Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.
This wasn't for pay TV or telephone service either — it even works if you're finding a new dry cleaner:
I had several shirts and a couple pants that needed cleaned. As the lady took them we chatted with her a bit. We told her we were new in the area and were trying to find a drycleaner.
As she collected the clothes, my wife asked if they had any discounts available. That's it. All she said was, "Do you have any discounts available?" (I know, pretty simple right?)
I immediately thought, "Of course they don't — why even ask?"
The lady paused for a moment, then said, "I could give you a $US40 credit as a new customer. Would that be ok?"
It's certainly not a new idea, but it's helpful to see so many examples of this working in the real world. If you haven't tried it, why not give it a shot?
Another Example of Asking for a Discount [Free Money Finance]