As part of my anti-procrastination fight, I have been trying to knock things off of my ever growing to do list.
One of the things on my list was to try to get a better deal from the Cable TV company. (Actually what I really would love to do is get rid of the cable completely, but I would have to get rid of my husband as well. He won’t be parted from his sports.) The cable companies here run promotions every year or so and after your commitment period is up, they raise your charges. That happened about 6 months ago and calling them has been on my list since then. So I called them.
I called my company and they weren’t offering me very much of a discount. I then called the rival company (whom we had switched from last time when our current company offered a better deal) and they offered me a better package and a cheaper rate. It wasn’t quite as cheap as I would have liked and I was a minute away from accepting it, because it was still better than what my company was offering.
I then said, what the heck, let me ask if they can do any better. So I said “it really is still a bit expensive, is there any way I can get a better deal?” The rep put me on hold and went to consult with his manager. He came back and the new price he was gave me was 35 shekels a month (about $10) lower than his previous offer. That is a yearly savings of over 400 shekels just for asking.
Over the past few years I have learned time and time again that there is really nothing to be lost by asking for a discount. The worst case scenario is that you don’t get it. And quite often, even when you think the chance is slim, you do get a positive answer. In this case, one sentence saved me quite a bit of money.
Have you ever saved money by just asking?
*P.S. Happy Birthday Sis. Hope you have a fabulous day and a great year. I love you.
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