by Roger WWW Garrett and Jessy,posted Jul 21 2014 6:35AM
Monday’s (UGH--->MONDAY) FREE ADVICE:
14 Things You Should Always Haggle For
1. Satellite and cable TV service. You can get deals on premium packages like NFL Sunday Ticket, and you can also get equipment fees waived. Sometimes they'll also let you in on unadvertised promotions.
2. Real estate commissions. Realtors are under pressure from online companies that help you sell your house on your own. You can usually get them to come down a percentage point or so. Especially if you agree to buy your new house with them too.
3. Healthcare. Providers hate doing the insurance paperwork. Sometimes they'll cut you a deal if you pay cash.
4. Jewelry. The retail markup on jewelry is usually 100% to 300%. They can afford to give BIG discounts.
5. College tuition. If you send more than one child to the same school, you can sometimes get a volume discount.
6. Furniture. At the very least, you should get them to give you free delivery. Sometimes you can get a lower price too.
7. Musical instruments. The chain stores like Guitar Center don't do it quite as much. But local stores will almost always come down for you.
8. Gym memberships. There's a lot of competition, and terms are different from one member to the next. So you can often get them to do a special deal for you.
9. Cruise tickets. Wait until the last minute and score big on whatever still isn't booked.
10. Credit card rates. People with good credit get so many offers, it's easy to play the companies against each other.
11. Mattresses. Except for Tempur-Pedic, most brands have huge retail markups.
12. Tires. Shop around and ask your store to beat the best price. And ask to get the stems, mounting, balancing, and other extras for free.
13. Rent. Especially if you're renewing a lease and you start negotiating a few months in advance, you can get a much better deal than just waiting for that letter in the mail.
14. Back taxes. You can make a settlement deal under the right circumstances. Basically, you have to make the IRS believe they'll never get the full amount back. So it's only for people who are already a few years delinquent.
COWBOY NEWS Country Music Headlines
BRAD PAISLEY has strong words for the woman who claimed she was kicked out of his show for breastfeeding. He said, quote, "There's no way I would take a baby into the pit at one of my concerts. It's in every way a bad decision. And I wish she would just learn from this as opposed to pretending to be a victim."
----Brad Paisley also made good on his promise to Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling, who got booted from the reality show last week. Brad invited the up-and-coming country singer from Nashville to appear with him at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. Sarah joined Brad in singing "Whiskey Lullaby."
TYLER FARR recently had a "lifelong dream" come true when he bought a log cabin on 32 acres of land along a river near Nashville.
Does JAKE OWEN really go commando? Last week a fan Tweeted a pic of some underwear model . . . and wrote that she thought it was Jake. Jake saw the post and re-Tweeted it, writing, quote, "Nope. I don't wear underwear."
CRAIG MORGAN does a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry in an episode of CNN's "Travel Insider".
This past weekend, JASON ALDEAN played Progressive Field in Cleveland and Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the first two major league baseball stadiums on the schedule for his Burn it Down Tour. 0 While other artists have taken their tours to football stadiums, Jason chose to play some of the country's best ballparks.
And GARTH BROOKS tour dates for 2014 are…Sept 4th in Chicago and….cricket, cricket, cricket….going to be released tomorrow?
Husbands Make More Secret Purchases Than Wives . . . Plus the Top Five Secret Things We Buy
A new survey found HUSBANDS are more likely than wives to secretly buy things . . . AND to lie about how much they spent, and hide what they bought. 41% of men admit they secretly buy stuff, versus 22% of women. But maybe the women were lying ABOUT lying?
Anyway, here are the top five things people spend money on without telling their significant other.
1. Nights out.
2. Clothes or beauty products.
3. Leisure activities . . . whatever that means.
4. Car stuff and transportation in general.
5. Vacation spending.
The main reason people keep something they buy a secret is to avoid arguments.
Women are better than men at hiding their secret spending. 54% of men who've secretly bought something have been caught, versus 34% of women.