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Haggling For People Who Are Terrified To Haggle

Unless they’re flea market regulars, modern Americans are not great at haggling. It’s why we hate car shopping so much. Most of us want our prices posted on the wall or on a little sticker, and that’s all. But simple haggling can save a lot of money, and it can be relatively painless. You just have to say seven words. [More]

Best Buy Forgives $500 In Interest Just Because I Asked

Best Buy Forgives $500 In Interest Just Because I Asked

Mike forgot to pay off the balance of a purchase he made on a Best Buy/HSBC credit card by the no-interest deadline and faced more than $500 in charges. On a whim, he followed our advice for launching an Executive Email Carpet Bomb and Jedi mind-tricked Best Buy into forgetting about the interest. [More]

How To Get Credit Card Companies To Lower Minimum Payments

How To Get Credit Card Companies To Lower Minimum Payments

The problem with using credit cards is that although they make it seem like they’re magic buy-everything passes, eventually you get bills and have to pay for all that stuff you bought. [More]

5 Things Not To Buy At Face Value

5 Things Not To Buy At Face Value

Haggling is commonly accepted in some facets of the market and laughed off in others, but the division between the two can be blurry. Kiplinger rounded up five items which you might not have known you could talk money off the price tag: [More]

Deflate Puffed-Up Medical Bills With A Phone Call

Deflate Puffed-Up Medical Bills With A Phone Call

The New York Times Bucks blog talks up a medical bill negotiation tactic that saves people who are in the know thousands of dollars. The secret: Pick up the phone and ask the billing department guy how much he’ll take off your bill if you pay in full immediately. [More]

Barter, Slum It, Go Rustic To Save On Living Costs

Barter, Slum It, Go Rustic To Save On Living Costs

There is more than one way to skin a lease. Not only can you negotiate to bring costs down, but there are other ways to slash your rent budget. Well-Heeled Blog digs up a few that might not have occurred to you. [More]

What A Reality Show Taught Me About Negotiating

What A Reality Show Taught Me About Negotiating

Hank at Own the Dollar doesn’t need Toastmasters or debate club to teach him how to work the negotiation table. He says he gets all the know-how he needs from the History Channel show American Pickers, in which hosts travel the country looking for pieces of American history. [More]

How I Regulated When Walmart Botched My Expedited Delivery

How I Regulated When Walmart Botched My Expedited Delivery

When you pay $40 to make sure your product gets shipped overnight, it had damn well be delivered overnight. Reader and frequent commenter ilikemoney coughed up $40 to Walmart to make sure he’d be able to sleep on the futon he ordered the next day, but it took five days for the sweet dream factory to arrive. Instead of flipping out and declaring a national emergency, he stayed cool, sent Walmart a calm, direct letter and got his money back. [More]

Journalist Wriggles Out Of $3K Bill AT&T Tries To Stick Him With

Journalist Wriggles Out Of $3K Bill AT&T Tries To Stick Him With

Globe-trotting movie blogger Jeffrey Wells describes how he carefully negotiated his iPhone data plans as he hit the Cannes film festival, but was humbled by a $3,200 bill when all was said and done. The grizzled writer half expected the nonsense and calmly talked AT&T down from the ridiculous demand. [More]

How To Get The Best Car Lease Deal

How To Get The Best Car Lease Deal

An L.A. Times story has extensive advice about how to score the best lease deal. First you nail down exactly how much you plan on driving the vehicle, as well as which one you want, then it’s time not to hit the showroom, but to do the bulk of your negotiating from afar. [More]

7 Ways To Dominate Negotiations

7 Ways To Dominate Negotiations

Kentin Waits doles out some effective-sounding negotiation tips on Wise Bread. Part common sense, part Sun Tzu, the advice can serve you well in any number of situations, be it working on a deal for a house or car or asking the boss for a raise. [More]

Rental Vacancies Are Up Along With Foreclosures. Wait, What?

Rental Vacancies Are Up Along With Foreclosures. Wait, What?

So apparently apartment vacancies were up to 8% in the last quarter, which is weird because one would assume that people getting tossed from their foreclosed houses would be renting. Marketplace has some thoughts on the problem. [More]

Banks Are 'Quietly' Negotiating Credit Card Debt, WashPo Says

Banks Are 'Quietly' Negotiating Credit Card Debt, WashPo Says

The Washington Post says banks have grown more sympathetic to stressed-out consumers and are now more lenient when it comes down to renegotiating interest rates and minimum payments. Banks aren’t out there advertising their willingness to bend, but they’re more willing to listen, the story says.

Let Sun Tzu Be Your Travel Buddy

Let Sun Tzu Be Your Travel Buddy

Reader Anil sent us this post that adapts Sun Tzu‘s The Art of War for battles at the airport ticket counter.

Asking Comcast To Lower Your Bill Results In Comcast Lowering Your Bill

Asking Comcast To Lower Your Bill Results In Comcast Lowering Your Bill

If you’re paying too much for cable these days, it really doesn’t hurt to call and ask for a discount. You never know, your cable company might surprise you. That’s what happened to reader Nitin.

They Wouldn't Like You When They're Angry — Or Would They?

They Wouldn't Like You When They're Angry — Or Would They?

Maybe the Fonz didn’t know what he was doing, because researchers have found that being the coolest cat in the room doesn’t always do you favors, while a flash of fury might just help tip the balance in your favor.

Save Money Just By Asking DirecTV To Lower Your Bill

Save Money Just By Asking DirecTV To Lower Your Bill

Pete likes DirecTV and really has no intention of leaving, but he noticed a fantastic “$250 deal” for new customers only in his copy of AAA magazine, so he called up DirecTV and asked what they could do for current customers. This simple phone call saved him over $120 a year.

How Can I Get Comcast To Match AT&T's Offer?

How Can I Get Comcast To Match AT&T's Offer?

I’ve tried twice before, and I know the general idea is to keep calling/chatting back and get a new person. This time, however, it seems as if they are all sticking to their reading points.