Thrifty Tip: It Doesn’t Hurt To Ask

Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

it doesn't hurt to ask

In our busy and sometimes harried lives it can be easy to neglect some very simple techniques that make life easier. Sometimes taking the time to ask a simple question can make life just a little bit easier and save you a little bit of money. Here are a few situations in which a little question can make  big difference.

1. Monthly bills. We recently decided that our cell phone bill was higher than we’d like it to be. We changed out one of our phones to reduce the bill. But the bill didn’t change significantly. So, I called our cellular provider. First I asked about the changes we had made and what that translated into on our monthly bill. Then, I asked if there was anything else we could change in order to drop our monthly bill. The customer service representative was very understanding and helpful and enabled us to cut out some unnecessary costs. You never know until you ask!

2. Sales. I used to drive from grocery store to grocery store after Thanksgiving to find organic turkeys being discounted. But last Thanksgiving I called our local stores first and was able to drive over and pick up all the yummy deeply discounted turkeys to stuff into my freezer! It never hurts to ask! 🙂

3. Ask like-minded shoppers. I recently joined a co-op to buy bulk organic foods at discounted prices. It’s great, by the way. Talking with some of the other members of the co-op provided me with some great information on other deals that could benefit our family. I even asked a couple of them about buying bulk organic honey (because we use so much of it) and got a very helpful tip about a local honey farm that sells its honey (at a fantastic price) at a local farmers’ market.

Asking is no guarantee of anything positive. But asking can sometimes result the equivalent of striking gold… if you’re a thrifty diva!



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