“Is there an earlier flight by any chance?”
I asked this at the counter at the airport. We had arrived at the airport a few hours early before our trip to Florida because we had to cross the border into Buffalo (to save money). My friend told me not to ask. He thought that we should just suck up the fact that we were early and take a nap at the airport.
Screw that! I’m far too damn impatient for that, and I wanted to be on the beach already. Why waste time in an airport talking the same nonsense we always do?
I have a different philosophy. I believe that if you don’t ask the answer is always no. It’s always easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take. You get what I’m saying? I’m not afraid of trying new things. I ran a half-marathon and pro wrestle.
So back to the story. I joked around with the lady as we checked in and kindly asked if she could browse for an earlier flight to get our Canadian butts to Florida. She looked. Then she told us that she could get us on an earlier flight possibly. We talked a bit more.
Guess what happened?
She hooked us up with first class! We didn’t know what to do with ourselves. So naturally, we ordered Heinekens (free baby) and passed out in our comfy seats since it was 6 in the morning.
[Check out our colossal guide to planning a trip if you want to get away ASAP!]
Story time is over. The whole point of the story is to show you that it never ever hurts to ask for something. The worst case scenario is that you will get turned down. Big deal. I get rejected all of the time.
What if I told you that I had a hidden insight for saving lots of money?
You would likely want to hear more about it… but I love to tease! Keep on reading…
What is this secret for saving at least $50 per month forever?
ASK FOR A DISCOUNT ON EVERYTHING, ALWAYS!
This is my philosophy for life. I don’t care if I’m negotiating car insurance or entering a trendy night club. I always ask for a discount. This strategy alone has saved me thousands of dollars in my life and led to many unexpected extravagant experiences.
You see, I used to be pretty shy. I was afraid to ask for things. I used to wait for my turn. I waited for things to happen to me.
Then I got really aggressive with my savings. I bought a condo at an early age because financial freedom/greed had always been on my mind. I realized that you couldn’t just wait for things to happen. So when I started writing about personal finance I knew that I had to live this lifestyle 24/7. I couldn’t be a hypocrite. So I went for it. I looked for every way to save money.
This is the best way for saving money on purchases. There are other techniques that you can use when it comes to investing, planning trips, and so forth. Asking for a discount will save you money where you already plan on spending money.
How can you apply this right now to save money fast?
Do you remember our save $100 challenge from last year? I urged you to save $100. Many of you enjoyed the challenge and had some fun with it.
What did I do? I negotiated my cell phone plan and reduced the monthly price. This alone helped me find additional money on a monthly basis.
If you want to start applying this one tip for saving huge money, you can do any of the following:
- Call up a monthly subscription of yours (cell phone, insurance, gym, or anything) and ask for a lower rate. Threaten to leave. Don’t be coward. You’re just using a phone.
- Ask for a lower price when you go to buy something next. This obviously won’t work at Subway, but can work when you’re paying for a trip or buying a new laptop.
- Be nice to everyone. Life’s too short to be a miserable person. Talk to everyone you encounter. People love to interact and joke around. You never know what this could lead to. I’ll let you use your imagination here too.
Always remember, the worst case scenario is a rejection.
We will be releasing premium content in the future. Stay tuned for that. For now, keep on asking for deals my friend.
Wait a minute! — You’re not going anywhere yet. I have a challenge for you. I want to see you save $5 this week by asking for a discount.
Get out there and save money. There’s no shame when it comes to your money and destroying that repulsive debt.