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Haggle For It! – How To Save Money On Almost Anything

Updated on June 9, 2012

The Power of Haggling - How To Save Money On Almost Everything

Money not going as far as it used to? Wages being stretched every month? Bills rising?

Phone tariff and mobile phone costs getting you down every month?

Want to be trendy but spend less on getting there?

We are living in cash-strapped times and most of us feel a little bit poorer as our pay rises are frozen, our pension rights decimated and our disposable income shrinks before our eyes.

And yet, in one respect, we have never had more power; we are still consumers!

Businesses everywhere are relying on us to buy their wares because they need us to spend in order to make a profit.

Need a new laptop or TV or fitted kitchen? Welcome to the Power of Haggling!

Need a holiday, DVD player, conservatory for your home? Haggle for it. And once you’ve got the price you want, ask them what extras they might add on.

You had the nerve to ask for it cheaper, might as well push your luck.

Money - you could keep more of it in your pocket just by bargaining down the price.
Money - you could keep more of it in your pocket just by bargaining down the price.

Knowledge is Power

Haggling is the new word on the streets if you still have some money to spend and you want to get the best deal possible for your buck.

There was never, ever a better time haggle over something.

All it will take you is an hour online with a pen and paper to check out prices across a variety of retailers. Write everything down and then go out shopping.

Retailers still need us all to be spending money in their shops and as a customer you need to go to a store forearmed with information about what you could buy a particular item from somewhere else.

Whilst some retailers may not offer you the item for less than another store, they will usually 'match' the prices elsewhere and may enhance the sale by offering you a longer warranty at no extra cost or offer a giveaway so that as well as leaving with your purchase, you also leave with something which might be of use with that purchase.

Haggling is well worth the trouble for large white goods and also for TVs, Blue Ray Players, etc.

If you are parting company with upwards of $500, you should be prepared to get the best price for it.

Write all of your prices down and try your luck, you have absolutely nothing to lose.

Haggling in the Souk, Morocco
Haggling in the Souk, Morocco
Remember -  you're the one with the money.  You've got it, they want it - makethem make it worth your while to buy.
Remember - you're the one with the money. You've got it, they want it - makethem make it worth your while to buy.

Look For Offers - Get The Best Deals Then Haggle Some More!

If you don’t believe me, go out today and check out the billboards outside of the many mobile phone stores in your main high street.

At the moment, those guys are cutting each others’ throats for business.

No sooner have Phones4U gotten bragging rights over a tariff than T-Mobile, Virgin and Orange are trying to undercut them.

Carphone Warehouse does the same; go out there and use your power to haggle.Martin at has a great page which gives you advice on how to get the best mobile deal (if you are in the U.K.)

You can even get a better deal on your mobile phone tariff after a year by ringing your provider and haggling – just tell them unless they give you an offer you can’t refuse, you’re signing up with someone else. A company called GiffGaff are making a killing from offering SIM only offers and if your phone doesn't need to be replaced, they are your best option. But you might be pleasantly surprised at just how much your phone company is prepared to offer to keep you in contract with them. Why wouldn't they? Most contracts now last for 24 months, that's a long time to keep someone tied in to your company. Haggling may keep you with them at a cheaper tariff.

Haggling will work anywhere at the moment. John Lewis Partnership will happily match any price you find cheaper elsewhere and they will usually offer an incentive for you to purchase with them. Haggling is big business again especially if you can offer cash as well, rather than a credit card payment.

Furniture stores, white goods stores, kitchen retailers, Electrical Goods stores are crying out for business so do your research first (online, at home with a nice cup of coffee) and then attack the high street head on. You will get the best price possible because they need your business.

The power of haggling is second nature in Southern European cultures but in the West, we tend to be more reserved and more willing to pay the price advertised. Well that’s ok if your money is growing with prices but at the moment inflation is forcing up prices and our wages are lagging way behind. Time to fight back!

But think about when you buy a house - you rarely offer the asking price, you try to haggle a better price first, why should buying a TV be any different?

I hope you will embrace the power of haggling today. At first, it will feel weird and you may feel a little bit embarrassed but a retailer needs to justify why they are charging more than the guy down the road and you’re the one with money in your pocket.

Use your power! Haggling is fun once you get used to it and you will be only too delighted to boast to your friends about the bargains you’ve managed to get just by doing research and not allowing businesses to have the upper hand. Remember, they want your money!

You should also sign up with compnaies like Groupon and KGB who will send you amazing internet offers every day by email - there are hundreds of genuine bargains to be had be a bip of judicious selection and companies like these have a bright future ahead because they are able to offer cut price holidays and the like by buying rooms and holidays 'in bulk'. You can't haggle with Groupon but once you go to one of their hotels, be prepared to haggle for a better room or a free dinner - tourism is suffering a dip at the moment and some hotels are only too happy to offer an enhancement if it might lead to you staying with them again.

Haggling is not 'being cheap', haggling is a way of getting the 'best price' for you - go for it!


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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Rasta1, I live in a market town in England so am not afraid of a bit of bartering myself but it doesn't come naturally to me :o)

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      My mom never buys stuff for the asking. There is always some negotiations going on.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey - thanks for your comment and good for you! It does empower you when you know you've managed to cut their profit margin.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary - thanks for your comment and good for you! Garage sales can get you some real bargains but there's no harm in haggling people down -afterall, they wanted to get rid of it and you're doing them a favour by buying it :o)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell, I live in a market town so I'm used to trying my luck but I do it in top stores now - often they won't bring down the price but will give you 'extras' to go with your product or free insurance or something. I've gotten used to asking now and I usually get something offered.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mohan, I read your haggling hub a few months ago and praised us both for being so savvy when we were spending :o)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I didn't used to haggle but I do it all the time now - as they say in my part of the world 'shy bairns get no broth' so I've stopped being shy and started asking for discounts! And I like your style - if they don't budge on cost, take your custom somewhere else - you go girl!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I get a big kick out of haggling. It took me years to feel comfortable doing it, but now I can't stop myself :) I love a bargain to begin with and if I can get it even cheaper I feel so powerful! Great hub

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I go to a lot of garage sales, and I always haggle. I feel guilty afterwards when I do it. I just feel like I have to try and get a better price.

      I voted this UP, shared and Pinned.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I remember haggling in morocco, I got so used to it , it was a disappointment when I got back home that I couldn't do it! lol! great hub jools, and voted up!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Excellent tips here Julie. Great minds must think alike.. I wrote a haggling hub last year about the benefits of such artful negotiations. In these lean times of financial crises, it is time to try and get value for our hard earned money. voted up/shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips on how to haggle. I'm not much of a haggler unless I really want something then I'll give it a try...if my efforts don't pan out then I just don't buy it. I'm sure you know by now how stubborn I am :)

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      Hubertsvoice 6 years ago

      Very good article. My wife usually shop in open markets. My wife loves to haggle, I don't. My wife will try to talk the person into giving her the product plus a bonus. I just give people the are you crazy look and walk away. Many times the vendor will stop me and ask what I expect to pay, and I tell them, a fair price, and walk away again. They stop me again and ask me what I think is a fair price. I say 75% less. They ask if I am crazy, 25%. I walk away. them:ok 50 percent. me 75% them 65% less, me ok. Perhaps I am a haggler and didn't realize it.