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Money Tip: Just Ask and See What Happens

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?

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starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I've accidently neotigated, I believe. I think it was a result of misunderstandings for me.....I thinkt he last time was probably at a coffeehouse. :)
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
I just got a 15% discount on my new car, it's the first time I've ever negotiated for something other than antiques and I'm really proud! My father-in-law is the best negotiator, he has no shame at all. When my husband and i were having work done on our house, he would tell all the workers, "Look at them, they're just a young couple, they've got no money and they need to get their house finished!" My husband and I hated it (especially since we're pretty stable financially), but it was incredibly efficient.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I do this sometimes and I think I'm getting better at it. The last big thing I saved on by asking was our TV. They didn't have any more TVs of that model in stock, so I asked the sales guy if I could buy the floor model at a 20% discount. My husband didn't think we would be able to get it, but we totally did. Hey, it never hurts to ask, right?
syako syako 8 years
What a neat idea. I've definitely been doing this more often. I figure there are very few things in life that I REALLY need so bad that if someone says no and gets offended, it would even matter.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 8 years
i think i'm going to try this...can't hurt
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