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.
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.