You can save money by looking for bargains, clipping coupons, or by simply shopping around. But there’s another method out there that many people don’t often think to use. Negotiation. This can be a powerful tool when it comes to saving money. And if you’re trying to get out of debt, you can’t afford not to ask for a better price.
Below are the top 16 things you should always negotiate.
1. Cable bill
2. Internet bill
3. Cell phone bill
6. Gym membership
7. Automobile purchase
9. Yard work
10. Credit card costs/rate
11. Defective items
12. Floor models
13. Automobile repairs
14. Construction work
15. Used goods (consignment or antique shop)
16. College tuition (if you have multiple children in same school, or child has an extremely high GPA)
Negotiating doesn’t have to mean being ugly or threatening. Being calm and understanding can work just as well. But don’t be shy. It’s your hard earned money you’re dealing with. If there’s a chance you could get a better price by simply asking, why would you not?
Martin Sher is CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a recent past president of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Martin is the author of the 54 word Collector Pledge, committing credit and collection professionals around the world to the ethical and respectful treatment of all consumers. Martin’s personal mission is to get 5 million people out of debt-for good, and for FREE.