Savvy Shopper

It Pays to Ask for Discounts

Store cashiers are often authorized to give up to a 10 percent reduction simply when requested by a customer.
Jen Freeman, November 2017
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Most of us have heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. This same statement applies to saving money, too. Shoppers can acquire unannounced or unadvertised discounts simply by asking.

The following types of retailers offer discounts at checkout: restaurants, clothing stores, craft stores, automotive stores, department stores, entertainment stores, and home improvement stores. And sometimes even a smile and a question about discounts or deals could net you 10 percent off your purchase.

Yes, you read that correctly. Store cashiers are often authorized to give up to a 10 percent reduction simply when requested by a customer.

Some retailers have also set aside special discount days, some of which are unadvertised or unscheduled. Here are some examples of the discounts that can easily be found and qualified for: AARP, AAA, military, first responders, teachers, students, contractors and seniors. Because some people might get offended (for instance, with a senior discount), not every cashier will mention the discounts. So don’t be afraid to ask about a discount.

When asking for your discount, keep these questions in mind:

• Does your store have any discounts or coupon codes?

• Do you have any coupons available that I might not know about?

• Is there a way I can qualify for a 10 percent discount?

If you ask for extra savings, you might be surprised by how many you receive.

Jen Freeman is a couponing expert, television personality and lifestyle coach. You can visit her website at www.jenfreeman.com.

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