As I’ve mentioned in a few posts, my husband is a seriously savvy shopper. I’ve picked up a few of his frugal habits including unit-price comparison and just walking away when the deal isn’t good enough.
While I spend most of my discretionary income on clothes and shoes, my husband has a weakness for tech gadgets. His electronic acumen saves us quite a bit of money, actually; for example, we don’t have cable or Tivo. Instead, we get over-the-air channels in HD thanks to some wicked-cool antennas he built for us and tethered in the attic. We stream Netflix, listen to our music collection and DVR all our favorite shows through a single computer he set up with Windows Media Center. He also helped turn my iPad into small laptop with the purchase of a Logitech tablet keyboard.
Oh, and he cooks. And homebrews. And changes the oil, filter and brake pads on our vehicles. Do I have it good or do I have it good?
Recently, he’s had his eye on the Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It’s a pretty sweet device that streams music from your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player via bluetooth, and it sounds like a professional audio system. The listing price is $199 and he wasn’t about to pay it, so I thought it was just another gadget he’d swoon over until next year when it dropped in price. That’s why I was surprised to find a Verizon shopping bag on our counter when I came home last week.
Apparently he’d been to the store earlier that day with a coworker to purchase a smartphone upgrade for the business, and asked the sales clerk if she’d be willing to knock some money off the Bose speaker if they went with a certain upgrade. She offered him $25 off the purchase price, and with the $50 gift card he’s held onto for over two years, he got the speaker for nearly 40-percent off.
Despite everything I know about saving money, I’m still hesitant to ask for a discount when I don’t feel there is some compelling reason for the salesperson to give it to me. Granted, my husband’s discount was contingent upon them buying a smartphone, but they intended to do that anyway. Obviously I still have more to learn from my haggling husband.
Have you scored a discount by just asking? Do tell.