Budget Blonde’s Discount Tips

I’m sure many of you have gone shopping, only to be disappointed that the exact item you fell in love with is damaged. And, to top it off, the damaged item is always the ultimate-last-nothing-in-the back type of product. So, what do you do? If the damage is not noticeable, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount.
The Budget Blonde tip to get a discount is to sweetly ask for the manager. Then, very kindly explain that you want to purchase an item that is damaged and ask if they would consider discounting it. Be warned, however, that this can always backfire. I’ve had places tell me that they can’t sell damaged items and take it from me. I’ve also had numerous stores simply tell me that no discounts are allowed. But, I’ve had some luck with places like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx more so than stores you would typically find in the mall.
Take for example the hat I bought for my Kentucky Derby party at Marshalls. It was around $20.00 but it had a small stain on it. Much to my dismay, it was the last one there. It was the absolute perfect hat, as you can see in this photo:
And, here is the stain:
As you would probably agree, this damage did not affect the integrity of the hat as a whole. So, I asked the manager for a discount and gosh darnit he gave me one! After the small discount, my total came to around $18.00, which made me very happy. I even changed my outfit around for the party to match the hat.
Here is the whole family (and yes, little Miss Julep felt very at home among the mint julep drinks!):
So, what do you guys think? Have any of you had success with asking for discounts in stores? Do any of you have other strategies that I can use? Please spill the beans.

About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford aka "Cat" is a personal finance freelance writer who currently lives in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep. To learn more about her writing services, please visit her Hire Me page or e-mail her at Cat[at]BudgetBlonde[dot]com. Follow her on Google + to get all the latest updates.

Lovely comments:

  1. Hey Cat – I love your blog!

    My husband and I were at World Market a couple of weeks ago and he found a cast iron tea kettle that had a broken top (the top itself was fine, but the knob that you grab to take it off was broken). The manager gave it to us for 50% off and we took it home, drilled a hole in the top and put in a nice shiny smooth screw. You would never know it wasn’t what was supposed to be there and we saved a good amount of money!

  2. Candace says:

    Love using the wire brush on the iron furniture with a manicure!

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