Friendly Prices - from your new friends
You can get friendly prices from your friends, and you can also get them when dealing with a private party sales.
It's not difficult because the two of you can be more like friends than a typical seller and buyer.
With ease you should be able to establish rapport with the seller and they can offer a price that you will find more friendly to your wallet.
Even if you're a little shy about negotiating a better deal, you should be able to swing this.
Here are two examples for you to ponder:
I went to buy a wood stove. It was a nice pedestal stove with a ceramic glass front. The asking price of $150 was very reasonable. When the seller noticed the emblem on my jacket, he said that he was a member of the same national organization and offered the stove to me at $100.
Bingo, we were instant friends, comrades in arms (literally), and I received a “friendly price” without even asking. It doesn't get much better than that - a 33% reduction just by wearing the right jacket.
You see, that wasn't hard at all. How about another example?
I wanted to buy a dog in partnership with my neighbor. Friends of ours raise dogs, so I inquired one evening about the price. It was $800. I then asked, "what's the friend price" for the dog. It was $600.
Easy as pie. A 25% reduction in price just by asking about the friend price. Rarely does it hurt to ask. Hey, $200 buys a lot of dog biscuits.
So, the next time you're looking for a bargain, try getting friendly prices from the seller. It's not difficult at all.
Done with Friendly Prices, back to Frugal Shopping
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If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.