Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Show Kids How To Ask For Bargains Without Haggling

Today’s fantastic family finance article is:

Kid Asking Question


It doesn’t hurt to ask. In fact, it often pays.

And that’s a good bargaining lesson for kids to learn early. So let your kids listen in the next time you ask a salesperson or customer service representative:

  • Can you waive this fee since I’ve been such a loyal customer?
  • Can you match this price I found elsewhere?
  • Can I return or exchange this item since it didn’t match what I expected?
  • Can you extend my free trial since I didn’t get a chance to try it yet?
  • Can you give me a better rate if I pay in advance or use a different payment method?
  • Do you have any special offers or discounts available?
  • Is there a way we can work out a price that’s more affordable?

You never know, right?

The human on the other end of a transaction just might have some latitude to give. Of course, your kids should know there’s more leeway when you’re pleasant and credible. That’s the difference between asking and haggling (or harassing).

One more important reminder for the kids: never lie when bargaining, or you’ll pay the price. Someday.


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