Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frugal Tuesday Tip: Never Pay Retail

After taking the Dave Ramsey course, Financial Peace University, his saying..."NEVER pay retail" sticks in my head. Dave teaches that you should never, never pay retail price for an item.  I can't say as if I follow this 100% of the time but most times, I check for a coupon or a discount.

My tip this week is one that resulted in a $345 discount on something we had to buy anyway.  We are in the process of purchasing another house (more on that later) and our home inspection needed to be done.  I called 3 places and got prices from each. 1 place charged $300, one was $325 and one was $345.  Our realtor highly suggested we hire the $345 guy so after I had gotten all of the prices, I called the highest price one back and asked if he'd price match our $300 offer.  He said that he doesn't usually do that but asked who we were working with.  I told him our realtor's name and the inspector said, "Oh, I have a deal for you then. I gave all of my realtors a coupon to use for 1 free inspection when I started my business and she hasn't used hers yet.  It needs to be used soon so I'll go ahead and do yours for free."

SCORE!!  I just saved us $345 on the spot by simply asking if he could price match.  I do it all the time.  Walmart price matches so I take ads in there and price match items almost every week.  I just helped my brother save $600 on a kitchen table set by calling 5 other places and finding the lowest priced one.  I called back to the store he originally looked at the table at and low and behold, they had a 110% price match guarantee so not only did they match the lowest, they took an extra 10% off of that.

I bet I save thousands of $$ each year by never paying RETAIL!  :)


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I listen to Dave Ramsey's radio show at home from time to time. I think that's great that you got a great deal on the cost of the home inspection. That's fabulous. I'm not always good about getting stuff at a discount. however, I have a really good friend who is a power shopper, but of the thrift store variety...and she finds really good quality stuff for cheap. It's amazing. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

p.s. I found your blog via the link-up at Learning the Frugal Life.

Jennifer said...

wow, that is great! I rarely have the courage to ask, but I guess the worst they can say is no, right?

juliecache = Julia + geocaching said...

Thank you for linking to the Frugal Tuesday Tip this week! I used that concept for a prescription lately.

Kelly said...

Awesome! We are in the process of buying a house, too... would love to get that kind of deal! :) Love Dave Ramsey's show.