Money Saving Tips: Shop Locally and Ask For a Discount

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So I’m currently on a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia right now.  Before my trip, I went to go buy a hiking backpack at a locally owned sporting goods store.  I also needed to pick up  some other camping-like supplies, so I did a one stop shop at the local store.  What I’m about to tell you is AMAZING…

All I did was be nice and I politely ask for a discount.  I made friends with the salesman and since I was buying several items, I asked if I could get some type of a discount. Those magic words got me $70 off my total purchase.  Honestly, if I would have just gone in and bought the stuff I needed without thinking to ask, I would have paid $70 more.  I even did my research and compared prices at large retailers and the deal they were offering me at the local store was much better than the large retailer prices.

That’s the beauty of many locally run businesses.  They have the flexibility to “help you out” on your purchase by marking things down for you.  At a large retailer, there’s no way they’ll just give you a discount for asking.  I already loved shopping at small businesses because I love supporting the local economy, but after this experience, I have just one more great reason to love it.  So next time, try shopping at a local store and ask if they give discounts.  Also, be sure to ask if they have special rates for senior citizens, students, teachers etc.

happy shopping.

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  • lori

    we got a discount. we were shopping between two appliance stores, they offered me the first discount but we could not go above a certain amount. they lowered their price to what we wanted. it came down $50.00 so that was a big help. not being annoying is helpful to everyone all the way around.

  • Lindsay Hendricks

    Great post but what I am interested in is the backpacking through Asia. My mom and my little sisters are going next summer and they would love any advise and info you have, they are not going backpacking they are just going to China to see my 4 sisters birth cities which is all over china and Inner Mongolia. Do you have a blog or something where you are giving more details about your trip?

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