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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It Pays to Ask

I get so tired of watching the news. Rarely is there anything "new" to report and most of the stories are bland, uninteresting, and somewhat depressing. Last night a story actually caught my attention. Ever go to the grocer and find meat with the sell by date as that day or the next? Have you ever thought about asking for it to be marked for quick sale? My store is pretty good about catching these, but that is not always the case. The story talked about saving an average of 20% just by asking for the discount. You could do this on anything approaching its expiration date as the stores really do not want to lose a sale.

And why should you stop at the grocer. Ask about those open items on the shelves at Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes. Of course they may only be willing if it is the last one available. You could also inquired on slightly damaged or "scratch and dent" items. It is worth a try. My theory is the worst they will say is no and you are no worse for wear. Check out my post about Lowes and how you can save 10% if you are military or former military.

Another question to ask is if the store price matches or accepts competitor coupons. I was able to earn, that is right - earn, $23.84 by doing just this. My mom needed a prescription filled which happened to cost 0nly $1.16. I happened to stop in at a Walgreens earlier in the week and picked up a flyer with a Grand Opening special on new or transferred prescriptions. Basically, with any new or transferred prescription you would get a $25 Walgreens gift card. My mom uses CVS. I had read that CVS accepts competitor coupons for prescriptions. She earned a $25 gift card just for doing what she was going to do anyway.

Here are some more stories that may be of interest:

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