Couponing and being thrifty is a new skill I am trying to develop. I would be considered a rookie as far as my couponing skills. As I have stated before, I am a subscriber to Coupon Mom and I have learned a lot from her website and her book. One of the things she mentioned was negotiating. I had not thought of that before but I realized I had that skill from being in corporate America for most of my career. I decided to try my skills when I was doing business with a company.
I had two situation to arise last week and I decided to try my negotiating skills. When I worked in the banking industry, my least favorite client had to be one that felt entitled to so many benefits because they were doing business with our bank. I declared then that I would never be that way. However, when I thought of negotiating, I decided you can ask without offending people.
The first situation is a company we have used for service for five years and had signed a five year contract. That contract expired this month and I called them to verify that it had expired. They confirmed for me that it had expired and I told them I would shop around for the best service at the best price. They asked if I had any problems with their service and I told them I had not. They told me they could reduce my monthly payments by eighteen percent. That pleased me and I told them I would consider that and would call them back in 24 hours to let them know my decision. I called back and told them I would continue with their service and they said if I would sign a one-year agreement, they would give me two months at 1/2 off. Wow, that was really productive for me and I felt that I did it in a very diplomatic way.
The second situation was making reservations for a family trip. We always take our dog with us and I know I will pay a pet fee. We will only be gone for a long weekend and stay at this location for three nights. The pet fee was a flat $125 and I thought that was just too much for my dog as he is old and calm and just wants a comfortable place to sleep. As I made the reservations, I stated that I really wanted to rent from this company and had done so in the past. However, I expressed my concern with the pet fee as we were only staying for three nights. The agent agreed with me and cut the fee in half to $75 and that is what we would have paid a pet sitter locally to keep our dog if we left him here.
I have changed my thinking and realized that sometimes all you have to do is ask in a nice way. Companies today want our business and are willing to meet us and negotiate with us.
That is just something to think about on a daily basis and we should just keep remembering to Ask.