Drive a Hard Bargain
On Sunday afternoon I went to the mall. I needed to replenish my body sprays and face cleanser.
If you ‘re a fan of Butterfly Flower, Cucumber Melon, Moonlight Path, and a half dozen others, a Bath & Body Works employee told me those are all being discontinued in early summer, so stock up. I will miss Butterfly Flower!
And I needed to pick up a new pair of running shoes and socks. I replace my running shoes every 500 miles, max.
I don’t love the color but the other choice was black with lime green. Eww. I am forced to buy men’s shoes because of my big feet. Ugh.
I know by the time I get home from Aruba I will need new shoes and these will be waiting for me so I don’t have to chase out to the mall first thing after getting home from a long trip.
This happened to be the last pair in my size and it was a display pair.
The saleswoman asked me if I was okay with a display pair and I said, “Well would you take any money off because it’s the display pair?”
She said, “Sure, 10%.”
I said, “How about 20%?”
She checked with a manager and came back and said that was fine.
So, that was a nice savings of about $26 bucks off, plus the tax savings! Almost paid for a bottle of the Lancome face cleanser that seems to be going up in price every time I buy it!
I have spent a small fortune on Nikes for the past quarter century, so I guess that was good shoe karma coming back at me.
After the mall, I ran some more errands, came home and ate green food.
With Vegan Slaw Dressing
And snacked on some Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
From my last post about Retreats and Growth, I loved hearing about the retreats or special vacations you’ve been on and how you grew.
And lots of you have some incredible wish-list destinations, trips, and retreats you want to take in the future. Just stay focused to make all those awesome retreats a reality. And I’ll do the same for mine.
1. Do you ever ask for money off or discounts on things?
I never used to ask for discounts on things but life changes and I am the breadwinner supporting my family and so if I can save $30 bucks on shoes by simply asking, I will! It took 15 seconds and the worst that she could have said was no.
Had she said no, I would have still bought the shoes because I needed them. Shhh, don’t tell her that though!
I am not one of those people that “hammers” someone for a deal though. I ask once, if they say no, that’s fine. I either buy it at the price they’re asking or I don’t, but I don’t haggle, badger, or drive too hard of a bargain.
As an aside, I used to sell timeshare and the worst part was just grinding people after they said no they didn’t want to buy any timeshare. We had to have them say no a minimum of 12 times before we turned them over to a manager who badgered them more!
Moral of that story: If you want a free 3 day/2 night trip somewhere, buy your own! Don’t come to a timeshare office because yes, you will get your “free” trip, but you better be prepared to do it 25 times and have salespeople all over you!
So no, I don’t drive a hard bargain with people in my personal life, but am also not afraid to ask for a deal (once, and respectfully), either.
I also hate low-ballers. The people who offer you 40% below asking price on real estate or 10 grand under asking price on a car. Insulting!
Are you a bargainer? Would you ask for money off on anything?
2. What’s the last thing that you feel you got a really good deal on?
I got a good deal on my Macbook by buying it extremely gently used, too. Saved me hundreds of dollars and it works perfectly. And I just discovered it has the entire Photoshop CS5 loaded on it! I am just finally getting comfortable and faster with Lightroom 3, though!
3. Any fave body sprays or shoes that you’re loving lately?
Enjoy your day!