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We always know that we can negotiate the purchase price of a house or a car, but did you know that there are numerous other items you should never take at face value? Many of them are related to the home or routine purchases and can help you save money each month.

Mattresses and Furniture

Who knew you could negotiate the price of something as simple as a mattress? According to SmartMoney, furniture is often sold at an 80% markup, meaning they’ve got a whole lot of wiggle room if they want to make a sale. They don’t get paid until you buy, so don’t be afraid to ask for promotional pricing, or additional perks such as free delivery and complimentary add-ons. You might not get away with free mattress planks at a big store like IKEA, but your family-owned store down the street might have the ability to throw in a new box spring, side table, or matching ottoman for your couch.

Cable and Internet

You know when you see those advertisements for Cox Internet and Cable services for 50% off: New Customers Only, and you get angry because you’re an old customer?

Well, you can use this to your advantage, especially towards the end of your contract. If your cable company wants to keep you, they can likely match their promotional prices, or at least give you some sort of a deal. The best time to negotiate is towards the end of your contract, or when your initial promotional deal is ending. Keep an even keel, and have the numbers on hand about the benefits you can get by switching to another provider.

Cell Phone Bills

The same goes for cell phone companies as for Cable and Internet. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are always offering great deals with a new two-year contract. When it comes time to renew your contract, you can normally save some money by switching to a new provider. Rather than go through the hassle, let your current provider know what you’re thinking. The biggest cell phone migration of all time occurred when Verizon finally got the contract for the iPhone, and AT&T’s customers left in waves. However, their remaining customers often got the advantage of being so treasured that they could call in and get great deals just for staying. Give it a shot.

Gym Membership

Unfortunately, the person working out on the treadmill next to you might be paying a lot less, simply because he or she asked for a better deal. Businesses want customers, and more importantly, they want more customers than the other guys. The pricing often functions similarly to service-based industries, and with access to coupon codes and promotional deals, the gym employees are often able to give you the promotional deal that expired a few months ago. Try to sign up when gym membership is in a slump, such as during the fall and winter months, or when promotions are popular, around the New Year.

Car Parts and Services

Anytime you go to a mechanic, you probably feel that they’ve just overcharged you for every single service, but what can you do about it? Shop around and negotiate, that’s what. We’re talking oil changes, new tires, the works. If it is recommended that you replace four tires, but you only want to pay for 2, they’ll almost always give you a buy-3-get-one-free deal, and you should take it. In some cases you can even get 2-for-1 prices. You can also go to a mechanic and pay $25 for new windshield wipers, and another $30 in labor; or, you can go to an auto parts store and pay $15 for wipers, and ask the salesman to help you install them. This goes for headlights, taillights, and more. Oil changes are also easy to negotiate. Jiffy Lube might offer you a $40 oil change, but you can ask for them to match their $30 promotion price, or throw in tire rotation, other fluid checks, or extra oil to store in your trunk. It’s best to go with either huge chains, or tiny shops. Those are the ones that have the most freedom to give you deals, so avoid the in-between sizes for car services.

Also consider negotiating prices for your doctor’s office, your magazine subscriptions, and other types of memberships as well. It never hurts to ask!