Roxy, a San Diego-based graduate student and blogger, recently ended a one-year experiment that consisted of attempting negotiation at least once a day. Inspired by the message in the book Women Don't Ask, Roxy decided to change from novice negotiator to daily negotiator. She blogged about her experiences along the way and scored discounts like a $150 rug for $50, three months of gym membership for the price of two, and many more.
Time asked Roxy for some tips on the smartest ways to ask for a discount, and the number-one tip she gave was "Be nice!" When she was nice, her rate of success was 80 percent, and when she was beyond nice or flirty, the success rate was 85 percent. Roxy advises to make a habit of asking and suggests you may be surprised with the results in the long run.
Do you think you could benefit by making asking a habit?