When it comes to buying a car or a house most of us know that negotiating the price is not only normal but expected. When it comes to our cell phone bill, the cable bill or even the dry cleaning bill however the vast majority just pay what they ask with no question.Â The fact is, however, that asking for, and getting, a discount is something that you can easily do if you know a few small tricks of the negotiating trade. With that in mind read on for said tips and the next time you have to buy something or pay a bill you may save some money.
One of the most important tips is simply this; most service companies (cell phone, cable, internet, electric, water) know that itâ€™s far harder to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing customer.Â This puts the ball squarely in your court when it comes time to negotiate your bill.
The best time to negotiate with s service company is when you service plan is almost completed, which will be the time that theyâ€™re most desperate to keep you because they canâ€™t force you to keep paying on your contract.Â If you have the time (make it if you donâ€™t) go online and research what your particular service company is offering new customers and use this as ammo at the negotiating table.
For your cell phone the best person to ask for when you call is the customer cancellation department where the agents have the real power to offer you a better deal and indeed are trained to do so.
Furniture and especially mattresses are ripe for special deals so donâ€™t hesitate to ask for them.Â Free shipping, a discount off the price if you buy more than 1 item and even a complimentary box spring. Keep in mind that if a store is willing to negotiate it means that their stock is already overpriced and donâ€™t be shy about asking for a better one.
Lastly, medical bills used to be taboo but today asking for and getting a discount is quite common. If you get a bill that doesnâ€™t look right or surprises you with how high it is you should definitely call and start the negotiations process. Many doctorsâ€™ offices and hospitals will give you a reduced rate if you take the time to fill out a hardship waiver so definitely ask for one.