Sunday, August 14, 2011

Negotiating Better Prices

Negotiating and haggling over price is an accepted practice across the world.  People wouldn't dream of spending their hard earned money without first trying to get the price lowered.  In American society this skill has fallen out of practice since mid-twentieth century.  It has actually become looked down on by some people that believe it to be low class.

The last few years of economic recession has opened our eyes to our vulnerability.  Out of necessity we are saving every penny we can.  Now open your mind to negotiating prices.  Not just during small, local transactions, but with large "big box" vendors.

Is there a flaw on the product, but it is still usable for you?  Ask the store manager to reduce the price for you.  Many stores are now matching prices.  Just bring in an ad or print out from the other store and most stores will match the price.

Ask your pharmacy if they match prices.  Recently CVS matched Costco's price on a prescription for me.  It saved me 2/3 off of their original price.  CVS is much closer to my home and has a drive through, so I was thrilled to be able to get the lower price locally.

Negotiate Rx Prices
It is easy to compare prices without driving from store to store.  Just comparison shop online.  Most pharmacies list their drug prices in simple to navigate data bases.

So, let's start shopping like the Europeans, Latinos, Asians, Africans...well, like the rest of the world.

God bless,

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