One of the gifts I wanted to buy my mother this year was a specialty item that I only found in one catalog. I didn’t have any coupons or codes for this retailer, but really wanted this item for my mom anyway.
I planned to purchase it online from the catalog’s website, but the site was having some technical difficulties. So I ended up calling the toll-free number.
Since I had a live person on the phone, I did ask if there were currently any specials or shipping deals I might qualify for. Unfortunately, the only one was that I get 15 percent off another item. While tempting, there was nothing else I wanted from the site and I passed on the offer because ultimately it would have led me to make an unplanned additional purchase.
So I didn’t save 15 percent, but I avoided the temptation to spend more money. I consider that a win and will continue to ask about discounts because next time there might just be one I can use.