Ask for a Discount So You Can Pay Less

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This post was originally published in August of 2008. But, the value is still there.

Due to his work as a contractor, FishPapa spends more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot than the average Joe. The plus side is that while he loves carpentry work, it’s not his main hobby. It’s his job. Therefore, big box home improvement stores aren’t places that I have to worry about us getting “lost” in. We go in, we go out. Business is taken care of.

Very nice.

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

Yes, yes, I do.

Recently, in our intensity to be as frugal as can be in finishing our home remodeling projects, 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, FishPapa decides to ask if they would knock some off $99 original price tag. The employee squints and says, “How about 50 bucks?”

SOLD to the very handsome man who married me!

If the item isn’t in perfectly packaged, new condition, don’t be afraid to ask for a reduction in price. Be brave and save yourself some money.

How do YOU save money?

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  1. Good reminder! We had to take our son to urgent care a couple weeks ago, and we are planning on asking for a discount on the bill. It was during an ice storm, and our doctor’s office was closed. We went to urgent care for an ear infection, saw the doctor for 10 min., and are anticipating a bill of about $400. We’ll ask for a discount and see what they say! It can’t hurt!

  2. I used to work at Lowe’s, and when I worked there the policy was that any money was better than no money. The associates (or managers) will deal with you there. It’s a good thing to remember. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Great tip on damaged goods. I refer to the damage as “character”, lol.

    Great blog and thanks for the hop I am your newest follower.

    Happy Friday!

  4. My hubby just did the same thing, buying a grill. It was already on clearance and there was a small dent in the front-he asked for a discount and got it. During the first grillin, it popped out from the heat. wow, God is good!

  5. My hubby is also a contractor. We get good deals, but MY home improvement projects are always LAST on the totem pole. Sometimes I feel like I should hire someone to get the job done… 🙂
    By the way, I linked up and had a pretty major type on my subject. Is there anyway to delete them?

  6. That’s typo…I’m having a very hard time today. My first link up says “5 ways I feed 6 for $150/month.” It should have said $250/month… I did correct it, so if you could delete the first link-up, that would be swell! 🙂 Thanks!!!

  7. Great idea! All I usually buy are groceries, but I’ll keep it in mind for when I need to buy something bigger.

    Thanks for the hosting!

    Annie Kate

  8. Oh my, I smiled when I read this, your hubby and my hubby would be dangerous together! LOL

    We’re building our home and saving lot’s of money getting things on clearance and open boxes etc. My blog here has lot’s of examples. We are doing wood countertops in the kitchen with coats of outdoor varnish and we even found a wonderful granite sink, a former display etc. along with other things. Windows for $10. God is good, there are deals there we just need to be patient and look many times. : )

    We pray for good deals, God really is faithful for giving good deals and good ideas too!

    Blessings to you, thank you for your uplifting blog and thoughtfulness. What a breath of fresh air.

  9. Wow! That is a great example of asking for a better deal. Who would have expected them to knock off $50. Good lesson to keep in mind.

  10. Just yesterday, I was asked to purchase some paint items for a project for my daughter’s high school team. I called Lowe’s to see if they would donate or give us a discount. 10% was offered immediately at the manager level. I also called a local building supply store (2 minutes from the school) and ultimately they gave us a $50 credit which translated to a 60% discount!! I provided our non-profit tax id number and they were happy to be able to help us. This goes under the heading of “it never hurts to ask!”

  11. I love to bargain! My parents are not from America and they both grew up knowing how to set a fair price. They were so upset when they came to America and no one did this! Whenever we have traveled out of the US I love to watch them in action! I am sharing some more of my baby steps to a rockin life and most of the tips are frugal! All the best! Alex

  12. Same thing can be said at the grocery store, especially for things frequently marked down such as meat and produce. I went looking for leftover Christmas hams last month and the sweet elderly butcher helped me find one that was three days out from expiring and then marked it down from $3.50/lb to $1.03/lb! I wanted to hug him I was so excited!

  13. I just found your site thanks to Michele of Frugal Granola! Thanks for organizing this assembly of ideas! I shared our favorite homemade hummus recipe.

    Regarding your post, it is such a good idea to try to negotiate with sellers about prices. I just mentioned that in a recent post on inflation. Here is the link in case you are interested:

    I look forward to checking out more of your site!