Okay, so did you know being a genuinely good person can potentially save you money during the Christmas holiday? You’ve probably experienced it a few times but have never credited it to your personal goodness and the social skills you utilize everyday. Pretty cool, right? Here are some tips of how our best traits and everyday doings can save us some money this Christmas Holiday…
1. Be genuine – Being genuine means to be real, sincere and honest. I called up a car groomer in Hamilton to make a price inquiry. He gave me a price of $220 for my SUV to get it waxed and cut. I took it in and while I was waiting in their office a tall and butch Polynesian man, probably in his early 50s, greeted me. He was the owner. As we were getting the paper work done, I asked him the “when, why, what and how” questions about his business. I don’t come across too many Polynesians from the Pacific Islands who own businesses. I was very intrigued and wanted to know about the birth of his success. Long story short, He was a welder for 25 years, he woke up one morning and decided he had enough. He saw the car grooming business for sale on the newspaper, he drew out his savings and bought it. How about that?! If I can remember correctly, he had been running the business for 4 years. I was really impressed. By the time we finished the paper work, he offered to do my SUV for $150! A genuine interest gone well. #Shout-out to Auto Valet!
2. Be kind – This one is pretty simple. Be Kind! Sometimes our Christmas can be consumed with a list of things that we get ourselves into a battle field with other mothers in the mall and we forget to speak kind words. Or we snarl at waiters when they accidentally bring out pork ribs when we actually ordered a chicken Parmesan. Don’t be rude to people who serve you at restaurants (you won’t want to either, they prepare your food). And if they get your order wrong, be polite when correcting your order. People are a lot more open to giving good service when you’re kind, especially during Christmas holidays.
3. Converse – “Hey, how is your day going?” or if there was a big event, game or TV show the night before, ask them if they watched it or attended. Engage them into a conversation with you and build a rapport. The seller and consumer relationship will turn into a temporary (when I say temporary, I mean a few minutes) friendship while you roam their store. That temporary friendship will make the seller go the extra mile, shuffling through bags and boxes to find you the best and most affordable product or service you are looking for. These small conversations can potentially become your most enjoyable chat of the day too.
4. Find common ground – Finding common ground is probably the best way to connect. It also allows you to be more genuine. Back to the car grooming business. I told the owner I was going to the LDS Temple and I will pick up my SUV in three hours. An employee came in to retrieve my keys and the owner blurts out “oh he goes to your LDS Temple too”. So we start talking about the beautiful Temple and our religion. When I returned, my SUV not only got waxed and a cut, but the wheels were polished and he did an interior clean out too. He even threw in some lemon scent paper bags. Yup, I was a happy customer!
5. Baby – Okay, every mother has had to experience this with their babies. Our babies have received so many freebies from stores and restaurants, I can’t even keep count of it all. There is one particular Chinese restaurant we like to go to and the owner has become very fond of our girls. She thinks they are the cutest things ever, especially when they are wearing their flowery beanies. She gives them free drinks and sometimes lets them dine for free! Don’t underestimate our little humans. Their sweetness and darling smiles create weakness at the knees. Thanks Papamoa Canton Kitchen!
#disclaimer: We do not purposely use our babies cuteness to gain discounts, nor do we encourage you to walk into any store or restaurant with your adorable baby held high to the sky for the owner to take notice.
6. Go local – This one is pretty obvious. When you shop locally, you have an existing relationship with the owners. There is familiarity and trust. My mother and the store owner just up the road from her house have become so familiar with one another. If my mom is short with change, the store owner would record how much she owes and allows her take the item home. Sometimes the owner revokes the owing. It’s also economically good for your town/city when money is spent locally.
7. Compliment – No, you don’t suck up to get freebies and discounts. If you find their service appalling and their products alarming, don’t compliment them. If you’re genuinely interested in their service and love their products. Tell them. They will appreciate it and who knows… you may even get rewarded for it.
In saying all of this, please don’t go to your favorite store asking them the “when, what, why and how” questions just to get a discount. That’s not genuine. Be yourself. Be a good person. Be genuine. Be kind and Be honest. Not only will it bless you and the person across the counter but it can potentially save you money as well.