Often, what you pay for something is simply a matter of what you ask to pay.

Do you negotiate or haggle?

If not, why not?  You may be paying more than you have to.

Recently, I was looking for canning equipment. I looked on Craigslist and saw that a woman an hour north of me was selling canning equipment as part of a garage sale.  I e-mailed and asked if she would set it aside for me since I couldn’t make it to the garage sale.  She wanted $10 per dozen jars, but offered to go down to $7.50 per dozen if I bought everything she had; she wanted $5 for the water bath pot.  The total would have been $112.  I offered to take it all for $100.

Two things are important here–first, I asked her to set it aside.  She was not selling the canning equipment alone; she was advertising everything that would be at her garage sale.  Second, even though I knew I was getting a good price on everything, I still asked to go lower and saved another $12.  Not a lot, but when paying down debt, every little bit counts.

If you don’t negotiate, try it.  You may be pleasantly surprised by the amount of money you can save.

Our Progress

I made an extra $55 this week in unexpected work, so I put 70% of that toward debt and 30% of that toward our emergency fund.  It is a balance I am happy with as we work to get our emergency fund up to $5,000.

70% of Extra Freelance Work:  $38.50

Writing/V.A. Job:  $82.50

In February I earmarked one of my weekly jobs strictly for debt repayment, and like last week, I was once again able to use the money for that purpose.

We were able to snowflake $121 this week. In the last 29 weeks since we have gotten gazelle intense, we have “found” $6,476.83 to snowflake!

How did you do this week?  Feel free to link up and share your progress.


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