With the expensive cost of living, it’s always worth trying to get the best deal possible – and sometimes a little haggling can go a long way!
If you want to take advantage of these ‘invisible’ deals, here are 10 areas where you can negotiate the price, courtesy of OnlineMoneyAdvisor.co.uk
If you’re looking for a luxury weekend getaway to a sunny paradise with all expenses paid and costing pennies, join the queue. That said, it’s always possible to book your perfect getaway at a price that’s right for you. The important distinction is that tour operators create vacation packages, while travel agents sell them. Different travel agents will offer different prices for the exact same packages, you just need to find the agent who is willing to give you the best deal.
Have you ever been quoted £1500 for a repair on your car? Depending on your luck, the part for replacement could just be floating around on eBay for just £45 and your local garage could repair the part for a fraction of the manufacturer’s quoted price. Haggling over the cost of a car, whether you’re buying it, selling it, or fixing it, can save you a fortune. In the case of buying a used car, for example, you only need some knowledge about the make and model of the car you want, the original selling price of the car and whether competing car dealerships in your area also have the same car (and its price).
If you notice a nice shirt at your favorite clothing store that’s missing a button, you can get yourself a nice discount. Of course, that’s not to say you should be on a mission to find clothes with the biggest rips and stains just so you can get them for free, but even a slight blemish will drive down the prices of all types of clothes. If sewing on a new button isn’t your style, simply chat with an employee and tell them that a competing store is offering the same item of clothing at a lower price.
Likewise, buying new glasses at a reasonable price (seemingly impossible these days) may require the same song and dance as buying clothes. Bouncing competitors off of each other is a great way to put yourself in the most favorable position possible. Most opticians also offer free eye tests and free lens cleanings, so don’t miss them.