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Frugal Tip: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 15, 2008 @ 10:57 am In Budget Living | 8 Comments

[4]Due to his profession as a contractor, FishPapa spends more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot than the average man. The plus side of this is that it isn’t a place that I have to worry about us getting “lost” in. We go in, we go out. It’s part of the job, rather than a hobby.

Very nice.

Plus, I get my home improvement projects done for free. Very, very nice.

Recently, in our intensity to be as frugal as can be, my hubby has had plenty of opportunity for bargain shopping in these home improvement warehouses. Often, there will be a slight and insignificant flaw in a product or like recently, a product that had obviously been returned. There was nothing wrong with said product, but it had been installed and then returned. Most likely, the person didn’t like the looks of it. That’s how it goes, you know.

So, he asked if they would knock some of the price off. Well, it was $99 originally. The employee squinted and said, “How about 50 bucks?” [5]

SOLD to the very handsome man married to me!

We’re finding that it doesn’t hurt to ask if a price can be lowered if the item isn’t in pristine, perfectly packaged, brand-spanking new condition. It can save you a chunk of change if you’re not timid.

For more frugal tips, visit Crystal’s blog [6] every Friday.

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