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A touching essay by the Times’ Ron Lieber highlights what financial gurus like Zac Bissonette and “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” blogger Ramit Sethi have in common: stubborn parents who really gave a damn about saving their money. In Sethi’s case, his parents taught him the all-important skill of negotiation, a lesson that came when they were buying a Honda:
“There had been multiple trips to the auto dealership for this particular Honda, and a deal seemed near until the dealer tried to charge the Sethis for floor mats,” Lieber writes.
“Mr. Sethi got his floor mats, and the lesson stuck with Ramit. ‘He didn’t mind being a little uncomfortable,’ he said.”
These days, “negotiating like an Indian” is an integral part of the blogger and book author’s message.
We’ve written before that knowing how to negotiate can be one of the strongest tools in your financial arsenal. Whether you’re looking to lower your monthly rent or score a two-week vacation at work, knowing when (and how) to stand your ground and hone in on a bargain with flair could be the difference in saving your money.