Ask for a Discount

Readers of this blog know that we’ve been doing a lot of home improvement since we bought our house.  Homeowners everywhere know that sprucing up the old homestead costs money.  That is why whenever I work with a contractor or handyman I always ask for a discount.  Sometimes companies publish coupons or run promotions.  We were able to save 10% + $50 off our mattress because the store we bought from offered a discount to employees where Shae works.  We saved the other $50 by delivering the mattress ourselves instead of having them deliver it.  That worked out great because we already rented a truck to handle other deliveries.

Mattress Delivery

Sometimes the deals aren’t published and you specifically have to ask for them.  That was the case when we replaced our gutters today.

Old Gutters

I couldn’t find any published deals so I flat out asked them if they had any discounts.  To my surprise and benefit they were willing to offer a 10% discount for cash payments.  I know that Visa, MasterCard, Discover and other credit card companies typically take anywhere from 1-5% of a transaction so it makes sense that companies are willing to offer a discounted price if you pay in cash.  In fact, it isn’t too uncommon to see truck stops and small mom & pop restaurants offer one price for cash and one for credit (or just refuse credit altogether).  In this case, the old saying is definitely true, “Cash is King.”

Cash Is King Sometimes my own customers ask for a discount and they almost always receive one, provided that they ask nicely.  Asking for a discount takes almost zero effort, usually the worst that can happen is that you are told no, and you potentially have quite a bit to gain.

What’s For Dinner? 10/6/2013

Every week I will share our meal plan for the coming week.  Making your own food is a great way to save money, explore new cuisine, and eat healthy (if you choose to make healthy foods).  A good meal helps bring people together and as you improve your cooking skills you will impress more and more people!   I generally use recipes as a starting off point and then experiment with different proportions or ingredients.  Leftovers make great lunches for the 9-5 crowd who might otherwise have to decide between a sandwich or a pricey cafeteria.

This Week For Dinner…

This week we will be eating out a lot.  I know that isn’t very frugal, but sometimes you just have to travel.  Today we got back from celebrating a birthday and ate at a restaurant for lunch.  Since it was a heavier more filling lunch, dinner tonight was more of a snack.  Don’t worry, I still have a great casserole recipe to share that I learned from my mother.

Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, & Cheese Casserole

This recipe really hits the spot for me.  Get out a 13×9 pan, 4-5 big potatoes, a handful of carrots, a pound of your favorite sausage, and about 6 oz of block cheese.  Using a crinkle cutter, slice up your potatoes and carrots.  Straight cut the sausage into small cylinders and proceed to layer your casserole between the 3 main ingredients.  When you’ve filled up the pan, top it all off with cheese and bake until the potatoes are tender.

Chili & Bratwurst

We are going to the last employee picnic dinners of the summer  :-(.  This month one of the local restaurants will be catering chili and bratwurst.  Yum!  We are starting to get into prime chili season now that some of the fall colors are showing through.  My in-laws swear by chili with noodles in it.  I grew up with the more mainstream chili without noodles.  Both are good though!  What is your favorite type of chili?  Do you like it spicy or mild, loaded with onions or without, are saltines a necessity or do they detract from the flavor?

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

If this sounds familiar, it is because we had it less than two weeks ago.  I still have some sauce and chicken and just need to make up some more noodles and vegetables to go along with it.

Snack Food…


Apples are in season and there are sooo many varieties to choose from.  We both agree that the Honey Crisp variety is pretty darn tasty.  They are also really big apples that you can almost make an entire meal out of.  You can spruce up your average snack apple into a breakfast or lunch just by adding some peanut butter and raisins.  An apple a day keeps the doctor away!  What is your favorite type of apple?