Day 8: Haggle for Anything

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -It rarely happens, but there's nothing like getting a break on your bills. Hayley Ethridge says this "gift" came in the form of a lower interest rate on her Discover card.

"This I didn't even have to ask for, I didn't even know it was coming, it was sort of like Christmas on my credit card," Ethridge said. " got an email in my inbox that said my interest rate had been lowered to five-point-nine percent because I pay my credit card off every month."

While Ethridge didn't have to ask, you should. The same is true for cable and phone bills and essentially anything else you pay for. The key is to haggle your way to savings. Nicole Martinez says she was surprised recently when a salesperson in a clothing store offered to "work with her" on prices.

"She was like giving me 20% off on one thing and I was like, 'I like this other thing. Can I have 30% off of that?' And, she was ready to do it," Martinez said.

While most folks would never dream of haggling in a clothes store, money saving expert Tawra Kellam says shoppers really can ask for extra savings in all kinds of places they wouldn't think of.

"I have never had the experience of going into a store where they wouldn't haggle in some form."

Kellam says she says you can wheel and deal on everything. From dishwashers and dryers to milk and eggs. The issue is that many customers simply are too scared.