Walking into a major retailer like Currys, John Lewis or Tesco and asking for a discount? Initially, it sounds strange at best and outright rude at worst. However, some stores have in-built policies to grant discounts if a customer ever asks for one.
With the cost of living biting it’s always worth trying to get the best deal you can – and a little haggling can sometimes go a long way!
If you want to cash in on these ‘invisible’ deals, here are 10 areas you can haggle on the pirce, courtesy of OnlineMoneyAdvisor.co.uk
Believe it or not, display stock can be a nightmare for retailers. Especially in the case of furniture, the sheer size of the items means the retailer might be more keen to shift it on quicker, giving you an opening to get the best price possible. The same certainly applies to any furniture placed in discount clearance sections. If you make a particularly large order, both in terms of price and size, be sure to enquire about free delivery too. Photo: pb
6. Gym memberships
Have you ever heard a rumour that if you place an item in your basket while shopping online and leave it for a few days, then an email offer magically appears offering you a tasty discount on the item that you ‘forgot’ in your basket? Well, what if the same thing happened in real life? Indeed, most people working in a gym have a commission-based role, meaning that they might be willing to negotiate the price of a membership if it means you’ll sign on the dotted line. If you tour a gym but ask for a couple of days to mull things over, your ‘magical email offer’ might just appear in the form of a discounted gym membership over the phone from whoever gave you a tour on the day. Photo: pb
Nervous that buying your partner the ring of their dreams will put your savings back years? Feeling down that a ring that you’ve always wanted doesn’t seem to be getting any closer to your price bracket? Don’t fear, for tips for haggling on jewellery costs are here. As mentioned before, some stores have in-built policies to grant discounts if a customer ever asks for one, and jewellery stores certainly fit the bill. If you’re planning to travel anytime soon, buying an expensive piece of jewellery at a duty-free shop can save you big. Even if you’re not travelling, if you have an idea about the cost at a duty-free shop then you can email your local jewellers to see if they’ll match the price. Photo: pb
Don’t tell landlords and sellers, but you should definitely haggle on the price of buying or renting a property. Saving what seems like a small amount can go a long way, negotiating £25 per month less on your rent adds up to £300 over the course of a year. Of course, just asking nicely probably isn’t going to get you the discount you’re after. In the case of renting, offering to sign a longer lease can help your position. For both buying and renting, don’t be afraid to drop in that you’re looking at a few other properties in the area that are in your price bracket. Photo: pb