I share a work area with one other person. Her and I have always gotten along very well. She’s a bit older than me (mid-50’s I’d say) but she has a pretty practical outlook on life and on money, so it’s always fun to share stories.
She reminded me that it’s always worth asking for a discount on major purchases when she told me about the new furnace and A/C unit that she’s buying. She had gotten several quotes, and was leaning toward one in particular, when she asked if they would knock 15% off the price.
The guy she was working with basically said “OK” and gave her a new quote the next day with the reflected savings.
Asking that one little question saved her a thousand dollars!