Save Money Just By Asking. I’m not sure who said “Ask and you shall receive” but they were absolutely correct.
Ask for a free replacement for a defective item
I needed a replacement case for my iphone when it broke. I went online to purchase the failing part but I could only buy a whole new case for $32. Unacceptable. I filed an eticket online with the manufacturer to see if I could just buy the part.
Guess what? They have a warranty which applied even though I bought the case from Amazon more than two years earlier. So I got the whole replacement case for $3.18 shipping. The whole process took about five minutes.
Ask for a price match, return defective goods for replacement value gift card, ask for a discount on one expensive item or a quantity discount when buying more
I was telling someone this story the other night and that got me thinking about all the money I’ve saved just by asking. Here are some of examples:
- I got my local car dealership to price match an out-of-the-way tire dealer’s price. Savings $160.
- I called and arranged to send back a pair of $50 (outlet price) pants that wore out. Received a $150 gift card.
- I called and arranged to send back a pair of $99 (outlet price) shoes that fell apart. Received a $125 gift card.
- I called about an issue with my out-of-warranty (eight years old) noise cancelling headphones. I was offered replacement headphones for $140; said I would only pay $99. Paid $99. Headphones retailed for $299.
- I purchased a large quantity of skincare product that was marked down 50% (savings $117). I asked for an additional 10% off since I was making a “quantity purchase.” Additional savings $12. I should have asked for 20%.
Get large discounts on high end items just by asking
I have many more stories like these but I don’t want to bore people to death. Do you see the theme? I was able to get large discounts on high-end products just by asking. You can live really well and not pay full price if you just ask. People always say “It takes too much time to do the research, call or email” but Can You Afford to Spend Money to Save Time? Most of us can’t.
Always put in the extra effort to save money: check the website, send an email, make a call:
- Even if you didn’t buy something directly from a manufacturer contact them anyway if your product is defective. They may still honor the warranty.
- Do the research and always ask for a price match from a competitor.
- Don’t just throw away defective merchandise. We work too hard for our money. Call or email and ask for a replacement or a refund.
- Don’t rely on what the website says. Sometimes there are “hidden deals” such as low cost trade-ins for products.
- You can sometimes negotiate prices, even at retail. If you’re buying a large quantity of something ask for a discount. Nowadays many sales associates are empowered to approve discounts.
Good luck in your quest to live well and spend less!