It seems as though everything has a fee associated with it nowadays. Airlines have numerous fees. Cell phones have crazy fees. Credit cards have fees. Hotels are increasing fees. It wouldn’t surprise me if the grocery store starting charging fees if you don’t put your cart away when you are finished with your shopping.
These fees are numerous, they are annoying and most importantly, they cost you money. I can’t be the only one that gets frustrated by them all.
This post is all about how to save money on fees. Regardless where you encounter the fee, using these tips, you can get some fees waived or reduced, saving you money.
So how do you go about saving money on fees? It’s simply really.
Simple Steps To Save Money On Fees
#1. Just Ask
The key to saving money or put another way, to avoiding these fees is to simply ask to have them removed. That is all there is to it.
I know you were expecting some huge secret, but there really isn’t. No matter the fee or the situation, you just have to ask for it to be waived. In the case where it is already applied, then you simply ask for it to be removed.
It’s the same idea behind asking for a discount. You just ask. Many times they will honor your request or find some offer to help reduce or offset the fees.
For example, a hotel might offset a fee by giving you a free voucher for eating at the hotel restaurant. You will still pay the fee, but get something else for free, offsetting the fee.
Of course, before you agree to any deal like this, you have to make sure it is a fair trade. If you have zero interest in eating at the hotel restaurant, then this deal isn’t worth anything to you.
#2. Be Nice
The nicer you are to the associate you are dealing with, the better. No one wants to help an angry customer. Trust me. I’ve worked in retail.
The people that I would give breaks to the most were the ones that were pleasant to deal with. When you scream and yell at me, you are just making me more upset as well. Plus most times, the reasons you are giving aren’t the truth. You just make up a story to make it sound plausible.
Instead, stay calm, be nice, and explain the situation. When I worked in retail there were many times that I shouldn’t have taken a return on an item but I did because the customer was honest with me and treated me with respect.