You Never Know What Someone’s Willing To Give You Til You Ask

“We ended up receiving more than 60 responses and ended up receiving free stuff from 35 companies totaling roughly $275 — not a bad return on our $39 investment”

Return of the “Good Guy Discount”

I never walk into a store anticipating I’d ask for a discount, but I have become much more aware that many people are amenable to giving you one in the right circumstances.

Promo Codes Are The New Credit Card Points

It used to be that your status as a savvy shopper was predicated on whether you knew best how to wrangle every last mile, point, and freebie out of your credit cards. Now we’ve moved on to a more 21st century metric: how much you can make from promo codes.

The Cost of Buying a Washer/Dryer from Sears Outlet When Six (then Seven) Months Pregnant

My husband and I are expecting our first child next February. To mark this rite of passage, as well as the white hot second when we considered cloth diapers, we decided to order our very first washer and dryer. Since every conversation around raising a child in New York City ends with nervous laughter about financial ruin, I went online to SearsOutlet.com. There, if you don’t mind a few dings on a former floor model, or a returned Maytag Maxima XL, they’ll offer “20%-75% off regular retail prices on appliances and more!”

Crystal Cleansing With The $10 Psychic

I sat down stiffly and Miss Patricia immediately grabbed my cold hand, tracing lines. Someone was watching Spongebob Squarepants on the TV in the next room, which instantly destroyed any supernatural ambience. The first thing Miss Patricia said out loud was: “Who’s Michael?”

The Work and Money-Related Secret Fantasies of Adults

Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

My Hopeless Love Affair With Craigslist

“I’ll Have a Venti Skim Half-Cap Frappucino and a BA, Please. No Foam.”

The Cost of Things: Beer for Life, $1000

The Art of Asking for a Discount

In January, This American Life aired a segment in which reporter Ben Calhoun went to a few stores and tried asking for a “good guy discount” at the register. Here’s how Calhoun explained it: A friend of his named Sonari Glinton was interviewing a negotiations expert from Columbia University Business school who described a technique where you ask at the register, “Can I get a good guy discount on that? You’re a good guy, I’m a good guy—come on, just, you know, a good guy discount.”

Loose Change

He was a hunter of Presidents, a flipper of couch cushions.

Pizza Hut Manager Honors 22-Year-Old Coupon

‘J-E-L-L-Oh No,’ A Poem in Free Verse About a Bill Cosby Groupon

Groupon inspires poetry.

Y’all Come Back Now

I feel like this is thing that occurs a lot, and that people get tricked into coming back to spend more money.