I’ve been wimping out on my Just Ask! Negotiations challenge. After a recent small victory over a $40 bill, I haven’t called the cable company to re-negotiate and I was this close to not asking for a fee waiver that would save us $140. Why? Because I have a lot of pride and the vendor has been more than generous with discounts and fee waivers of late. True, this vendor has gotten a lot of our hard-earned cash this past two years but I still didn’t know if I should push my luck by asking once again.
Well, I sent off a short email. I thanked them for their work and cautiously broached the subject. They quickly waived the $140 fee. Success!
One of these days I should add up the savings due to my Just Ask! mindset. Off the top of my head, I saved about $1,000+ on car repairs, at least $2,500+ in medical-related costs, and a good chunk of change for service providers like cable and phones. Although not officially part of this self-challenge, my husband has also saved us money by asking for discounts here and there.
As I mentioned, sometimes (oftentimes) my resolve waivers. However, this blog holds me somewhat accountable and my string of successes reinforce the importance of asking. Lesson Learned: You may think you’re pushing your luck, but it’s all in your head.