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Money-saving guru JASMINE BIRTLES: How to haggle… even on the High St

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You might not think it’s ‘British’ to barter in stores, but haggling has become so popular that regular customers are making extraordinary savings every day.

According to discount site TopCashback, six in 10 of us are now negotiating to counter the rising cost of living, saving them an average of £155 a year.

And the good news is, whether it’s online or on the high street, no negotiation is off limits.

Take vacations for example.

Dean Schiavi, from tour operator Tradewinds, says: ‘Most tour operators give travel agents a commission of between 10 and 20 pc, so that’s the margin they can play with. Hays Travel has more purchasing power than Tui, so maybe it gets 20 pct commission, while the small independents get 10-12 pc.’

You might not think it’s ‘British’ to barter in stores, but haggling has become so popular that regular customers are making extraordinary savings every day

This means you’re more likely to haggle a decent discount at larger agencies – just ask.

If you book directly with companies, there may also be wiggle room. First, check what a hotel charges per room on comparison sites like Booking.com and Opodo.com.

Then call the hotel and ask if it offers you a deal to book directly. Even if it doesn’t change price, it can upgrade you or get you breakfast for free.

Car dealers are no stranger to bargaining either, so try to play rival companies off against each other.

Once you’ve found a make and model, go back and forth between the dealers, telling each other that the other is offering a better price until they don’t go lower.

Then see which extras you can get for free, such as a navigation system.

When you buy is also the key. The moment a new model rolls onto the forecourts, dealers are more likely to offer discounts on the older version.

Late March, June, September and December are also good times to buy a new car, as dealers are under pressure to meet sales targets. For used cars, use the Auto Trader site to find the usual price for the car you want, then search eBay and Facebook Marketplace for cheaper deals. Then point out any defects, bumps or scratches to further reduce the price.

If you make most of your purchases online, try leaving the items you intend to buy in your cart and exit the site.  Many stores send an email reminder with an exclusive discount code to encourage you to return and complete your purchase

If you make most of your purchases online, try leaving the items you intend to buy in your cart and exit the site. Many stores send an email reminder with an exclusive discount code to encourage you to return and complete your purchase

Be careful not to fall for scams and never buy a car without seeing it first.

When it comes to haggling on the high street, you’ll find it much easier when you’re dealing with an assistant who earns a commission (like the one at shoe retailer Office) — and you might find they give you a 10% discount almost immediately. Or ask to speak to someone who is authorized to lower prices.

This is easier if the item clearly has a minor flaw, such as a missing button. Most stores offer a 10 pc discount. on defective goods, but you should be able to increase this to 20 pc, especially if you buy more than one item. If all else fails, see what you can get for free: accessories, delivery, warranty, or the like.

You also have a better chance of getting a discount if you shop at quieter times, such as a Tuesday morning. And always be extra friendly.

If you make most of your purchases online, try leaving the items you intend to buy in your cart and exit the site.

Many stores send an email reminder with an exclusive discount code to encourage you to return and complete your purchase.

You can also try messaging the store to request a discount through the website’s live chat service.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that these haggling tips will always yield results, but it’s definitely worth a try. After all, the worst thing anyone can say is no.

Model way to increase revenue

Would you like to do some modeling but don’t look quite like Kate Moss like me? That shouldn’t stop you from getting paid handsomely to pose for local businesses.

A while ago my colleague Vicky got a one-off appearance as a hair model at a show in her local town through the website Backstage.com.

She got £200 and got a free haircut to boot. And there are all kinds of weird and wonderful one-off jobs like this one listed on the website that are paid by the hour or by project.

Right now, a menswear brand is looking for a ‘model to fit’ to try its new range of suits on a real person.

There is also an ad for promotional bar staff to help a drinks brand at festivals and another request for triplets and similar siblings to participate in a TV show.

So, if you’re occasionally looking for a local gig to supplement your income, take a look.

Eating out with a discount:

The Wowcher website has plenty of deals on all kinds of experiences – and more are added every day.

But you can get an extra 15% discount on most offers (except travel) when you use my exclusive codes JASMINE10WOW and JASMINE15NEWWOW for new customers. These can only be used once, but are valid for the whole month of June.

Clothing sales fit for royalty

This weekend, brands favored by the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge and other royals are offering fantastic discounts. John Lewis has lowered the price of some jackets from popular countrywear brand Barbour.

At Marks & Spencer there is a Summer Beauty Bag deal where you can buy £160 worth of products for £25 when you spend £30 on clothes, and up to 30 pieces on lingerie.

Aspinal of London, beloved by Kate and Princess Beatrice, is offering up to 50 pieces off bags and accessories, including many of his signature styles. Hunter, bootmaker of the royal family, has up to 30 PCs of his classic and newer styles.

And sneaker label Superga, also regularly worn by Kate, has huge savings on many of its popular styles, with prices starting at just £16.50 a pair.

Boden is also offering big savings this weekend. Oh, and if you want your kids to channel Little Prince George meeting Barack Obama in his “My 1st Years” white robes, you can get 15% off everything on her website with the code “Jubilee.”

Do you have a question for Jasmine? Email her at AskJasmine@MoneyMagpie.com

Don’t miss these free food and drinks

Surprising new statistics revealed this week that the price of staple foods such as pasta rose to 50 pct in the past year. increased.

With experts warning that things might get worse before they get better, it’s up to us to find the bargains – and here are a few to get you started.

SimplyCook.com offers new customers a free box of four recipes and ingredients.

It usually costs £9.99 so make sure to cancel before any further payments are made. And there is a £1 postage charge. Virgin mobile and O2 customers can get a free drink every month at Caffe Nero. If you’re at O2, you can also get a free Greggs breakfast sandwich on Friday or Saturday mornings.

KFC fans can get a free side dish (including chicken wings and popcorn chicken) by signing up to the loyalty app, The Colonel’s Club.

If you download the Taco Bell mobile app and enter a friend’s invite code, you’ll receive a free taco and 50 reward points. Jordon Cox ‘Britain’s Coupon Kid’ says you can use his code: JORDX14409.

The McDonald’s app also offers special offers and you get a free hot drink after downloading it.

For a free can of Pringles, download the Shopmium cashback app and enter the code YU8i9F. The price of the Pringles will be sent to your Paypal account once you upload a photo of your receipt as proof of purchase.

And finally, at Domino’s, you can get two-for-one pizzas when you pick them up yourself.

KFC fans can get a free side dish (including chicken wings and popcorn chicken) by signing up to the loyalty app, The Colonel's Club [File photo]

KFC fans can get a free side dish (including chicken wings and popcorn chicken) by signing up to the loyalty app, The Colonel’s Club [File photo]

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