Always Ask for the Special

This one is going to be short and sweet (I hope). My family and I had the chance to get away from it all this past week and it was a very welcomed break. While we were away, my brother, his son and I hit up a driving range that had a chip and putt on its grounds (for those of you who aren't “in the know” about golf – a “chip and putt” course is one where most of the golf holes are less than 100 yards – so all you really need to do is hit a “chip” and a “putt”).

specialsWe visited this one-man operation last year too – and I remembered they offered a 2-for-1 deal where you could purchase a bucket of range balls and get a round on the chip and putt course for $10 (regularly, $12).

While I didn't see a sign for this deal being offered this season – I asked the owner, “are you running any specials” today?

“Well, we did have a $10 range / course special last year,” he said, pausing for a moment. “But we could offer that to you guys if you'd like to do both.”

We took him up on his generous offer and it was a good reminder to me to always ask for the “special”. Specials are often recited to us without our asking at restaurants and other businesses – but (as always) it never hurts to ask and you might be surprised at who may be running “a special”.

Have you gotten any swell “specials” of late, just by asking?

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10 Comments

  1. I always ask for discounts for everything…u never know what discounts u can get unless u ask :) thanks for this article!!!

    • You bet!

  2. I ask for specials wherever I feel they have specials, but I don’t ask everywhere. I might start asking everywhere and see what I can get.

    • Would love to hear what happens if you do!

  3. I ALWAYS ask for a room upgrade at hotels when I check in and my request is honored about 7 out of 10 times, especially brands where I have joined their loyalty program.

    • Great idea Lynn!

  4. This is a good reminder. I always look for specials, but never ask for them if I don’t see them. I guess I need to step outside of my comfort zone and just ask!

    • Guess it couldn’t hurt?

  5. Nice one Aaron! Usually I always look or ask for a discount, I think there’s nothing wrong if you ask for that one.

    • I agree


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