Haggle - it's fun and worthwhile

You should try to haggle for the best price whenever you can. Whether it's retail, wholesale or a private party, you can negotiate a better price if you want to.

There are many opportunities if you just take a moment to think about it. Consider damaged goods, volume discounts, discontinued items, overstocked items, and otherwise unwanted items can all be purchased for less than advertised prices.

How will you know when to bargain? What might you look for?

I'd look for people in need of money, depressed markets, distressed situations and other factors to provide you with motivated sellers willing to negotiate.

Here are some examples of bargaining that show you what can be done if you're motivated to save money by being a smart shopper.

Are you uncomfortable with dickering for a better price? Frugal shopping demands it. I’ll show you how to negotiate if you don't already know how.

My rule is pretty simple; if the price is a great bargain, I don't haggle over it. A great bargain is more than fair, and I just can't ask for anything better than that. I pay my money and thank the person for having such a reasonable asking price for their things.

I have another rule as well; if prices are way out of reason, I simply smile and walk away. Those who expect near retail price for their used things won't be very receptive to changing their minds. I know someone who wanted to sell their Craftsman hand tools for the same price that Sears was asking for them. The potential buyer simply said, "No thanks, I can get them at Sears for that price, without all the grime on them."

Done with Haggle, back to Frugal Shopping

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

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.