Talking to strangers?

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As children, we're ingrained to avoid talking to strangers. However, once we're adults, sometimes talking to people you don't know is a great way to save money. My husband is glad for the fact that I am not afraid to make phone calls to get information. I make calls to check store hours, see if certain items are in stock, get construction bids, make reservations, etc. Not only does it save time, but gasoline as well.

Unfortunately we have to make a last-minute trip for a funeral this week, so I have spent some time online this morning trying to find a hotel in our destination city. After exhausting my list, I had a couple options that appeared to have rooms available with enough sleeping space and beds for a family of 6.7 people. I started calling around and was able to get a room for 2/3 of the rate I had seen online. Since I'm not afraid to talk to strangers, or ask for discounts, we're staying in a pretty nice room for a lot less.

Whether it's a last-minute hotel room or a stack of drywall, getting on the phone is definitely worth my time.