Best Ways to Negotiate

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While I must bow to my wife as the true queen of frugality, I’ve learned quite a bit along the way about how to bargain to get the best prices out there on several things.  I’ve bargained on medical bills, cars, appliances, furniture, electronics, advertising, job offers, and a ton of other things too.  While bargaining doesn’t always equal saving money, it should most of the time.  Similarly, if you are bargaining with someone who will have an ongoing relationship with you, it will set a precedent that you expect the best price and save you headache going forward.  So what are some of the best ways to get a bargain?  Here are a few tried-and-true methods:

  • Remember that the first number loses – If you are interesting in buying something, make the person selling give you the price instead of providing them an offer.  If you start with a number, they’re of course going to go higher.  If you let them offer a number, you can either take it or offer lower.  If you give the number first, you lose.  Let me explain.  When I was getting ready to purchase a car several years ago, I had cash in hand, but my budget was VERY limited.  The asking price for the little car I liked was $5,995.  They offered it to me at $5,000.  I countered with $3,400 and ultimately got it for $3,800.  I would have never dreamed I would have gotten the car (worth about $5,000) for that little and so if I’d made a reasonable offer, I would have offered $4,500 and probably paid $4,800. My guess is that forcing them to make me the offer saved me $1,000 or so.Continue reading

Crock Pot Polka Dot Peanut Butter Brownies

Today I’m super excited about our guest post from Dianne over at Baking 4 Six. She’s going to rock our crocks with some brownies! True love happened when crock pots met brownies. I love a good love story.  

How cute are these?? Typically brownies are baked in squares & rectangles. However, not only does making brownies in a slow-cooker result in circle or oval shaped brownies, but it also allows brownies to be made year-round in those areas when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven during certain times of the year. Plus you and your loved ones can come home to a freshly made treat after a long day away from home.Continue reading


Trim Healthy Mama “Essentials” And Where I Buy Them

Trim Healthy Mama “Essentials” And Where I Buy Them

I have been asked by approximately 23,149,182,312 of you to give you a list of the foods I buy for Trim Healthy Mama. If you have no idea what THM is, read that post…it’ll clear up some stuff for ya. :-) Keep in mind that most of the foods we eat for THM were foods we already ate for our particular healthy eating lifestyle.

Also keep in mind that not all of these are REQUIRED. You can make Trim Healthy Mama work for you no matter what your “diet” is…if you eat only food grown from the earth by your own hands, THM can work for you. If you buy everything at Wal-Mart, THM can work for you. It’s the beauty of the plan.Continue reading


Daytime Tri-Cities – After Christmas Clearance

I’m always tickled when I get to go hang out with Morgan and Amy on Daytime Tri-Cities….Amy wasn’t around this time (which puzzled Annie greatly) so I got to chat with Morgan about what to buy after Christmas. You might recall that I covered something similar last Christmas with my What To Buy After Christmas post.  And yes, I did attempt to rap on television – I didn’t plan for that. Sometimes stuff just comes right out of my mouth before I think…..anyway, see the video clip below.   :-D Continue reading


Crock Pot Cincinnati Chili

Barry and I are huge fans of Cincinnati style chili. It’s GOOD stuff, man. It’s not your typical chili…it’s got a different taste to it – and you eat it with NOODLES. Being such a big proponent of all things noodle, I was destined to love this dish. Noodles and me, we’re tight.

Don’t be thrown off by the cinnamon in this dish…it’s special. I like special food. That’s because I’m special. Yep – I said it.Continue reading