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The Art of Negotiation

Posted on 2006.01.23 at 13:29
Current Mood: w00t!
Current Music: Humming something from Bye Bye Birdie
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A close friend of mine once suggested the book Financial Peace Revisited because it changed his life. I read it twice. Today, for the first time, I applied what I learned in that book. The wife and I have been shopping for a new bed. Beds are very expensive. Shopping around is very difficult, as no store carries the exact model, and its been difficult finding a baseline in which to compare. At one store their best was, $1600. At another, $1900. Today, we found the most luxurious of all for $2500. Nothing I laid on thereafter compared. My wife was furious. She did NOT want to spend $2500 on a bed. She wanted to just go back, and get the $1600 bed. I asked her to leave. The $2500 bed will be delivered Wednesday...for $1600! HA HA! The art of negotiation is not lost!

Since we sold everything when we left Texas, and since we're living on a cash-only basis, and since our down-payment has been spent, we're buying major appliances on a paycheck-by-paycheck basis. Maybe by the time we're ready to sell the house, we'll have everything we need...


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-01-24 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
congratulations on the bed! w00t indeed.

Paycheck to paycheck. That sux. I never wanted to live there. Funny; seems we all do. Perhaps you'll have everything you need when you sell this house and maybe you won't be wanting for anything when you do.

Good luck on this chapter in your life.

P.S. Did your wife promise to help you break the new bed in since you got it for so cheap?
ehowton at 2006-01-24 12:32 (UTC) (Link)
Dude, NOT sux: I just paid $10k less than the market value of this house + all closing costs out-of-pocket all the while holding my lender hostage at a critical moment (it was a miracle, really) getting locked in a magnificently low rate (the lady at the title company raised her eyebrow at me upon seeing it). "I know." I said. LOL! I put this house on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage on a conventional loan with 20% down from money I saved over the last eight months + some per diem from being on travel status from changing jobs after paying off all my debts from the proceeds of the sale of my house in Texas! Get it? No it hasn't been easy, and yes I've laid awake at night and cried like a schoolgirl. But the sacrifice is paying off.

Also, from your statement above, it's quite obvious you have no point of reference when it comes to wives. Don't go out too deep, stay littoral dude...
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