Haggle, Haggle

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James says hello and happy Friday!


He is quite excited.  We have a fun doggie afternoon planned – I’ve got to clear out of the apartment because my landlord is showing it to not one, not two, but four possible tenants this afternoon.  I have a feeling my barking poochies won’t exactly help sell the place, so we’re off to find a pup-friendly place to hang out.   (Here’s to hoping we close on our new home before we get kicked out of this place…)


Speaking of buying and selling, I spent the morning hanging out at the Ford dealership, helping DadHTP buy a car.  He’s officially moved to Charlotte from California and is giving up the RV lifestyle, so he needs a car and apartment of his own.  Car is first on the list.  Apartment should be resolved later this month.


My dad used to be a salesman and can haggle with the best of them – he told me all these things to say when the salesman was around and used eye contact to indicate I should start packing up my purse at key moments.  I knew we were going to be there for a LONG TIME so I brought food. 


After three hours of intense haggling, Dad’s got a brand new set of wheels.  Whew.  I never haggled like that.  Too much confrontation!!!


Lunch #2 was leftover Thai, pumped up with extra steamed broccoli and beans.


I should probably tidy up the apartment…



  • HTPDad March 9, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Okay – here’s MY version of this morning – I did my research through Consumer Reports Car Price Guide so I knew what would be a deal they would take. I let the sales guy – who was good – go through his thing, wrote my offer down, spoke with Caitlin for half an hour, he came back, said it was impossible, so I said thanks and got up to leave He says, wait…, repeat three times. At the end we were $100 apart and split it. Total interaction time with the car guy haggling – 20 minutes, and I paid $100 less than I was willing to – good deal. Talking with my daughter for the other three hours? Priceless – and I saw the baby kick!

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 2:46 pm


      • JenATX March 14, 2012, 12:05 am

        Carmax doesn’t let you haggle! try that next time

    • Tania March 9, 2012, 2:55 pm

      I’m curious about the car haggling too, as others have mentioned. What I’m curious about is what the year, make and model was and what the price was that the dealer was asking versus what you ended up paying. Or if you don’t want to give the exact prices for some reason, it’d be helpful to just know how much you talked them down from their original asking price. I’m looking to buy a new (to me) car in the near future and am planning to do my best at haggling, so any tips I can get would be greatly appreciated.

    • Julie March 9, 2012, 3:33 pm

      Awww so sweet! Can’t wait for your guest post! 🙂

  • emily March 9, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Haggling is a great skill, I wish I was better at it. Some people are a little crazy with it though. I grew up in the Caribbean and we have a shopping plaza downtown with little vendors selling local overpriced stuff that tourists haggle over. On the other side of town was the surf shop I worked at in high school. It was basically a Pacific Sunwear (actually it was a lot nicer than a Pac Sun) but statesiders would still come in and try to haggle with me over board-shorts. It was a little ridiculous; you’d want to be like “do you do that shit at the mall?!”

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 2:50 pm

      haha yeah – haggling definitely has a time and a place.

  • Allie March 9, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I may have to buy a car soon – can DadHTP do a guest post on haggling techniques? 😉

    • HTPDad March 9, 2012, 2:55 pm

      in the next few days – promise!

      • Allie March 9, 2012, 3:03 pm


      • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 10, 2012, 12:47 am

        curious to see and read this as my dad sells Fords 😉

  • Kristen March 9, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Awww awesome picture of James!! I agree with Allie, tips on haggling would be good 🙂 I lack major skill in that department.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 9, 2012, 2:54 pm

    My husband is a car salesman, but my father is the same way as yours. It’s interesting to hear the other side of the haggling stories! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I am SUCH a terrible haggler! I second Allie’s comment above about DadHTP doing a guest post to help improve my skills! 🙂

  • Beth March 9, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Hey. Great to see the Naked Face Project on the Daily Mail website today! Congrats.

  • Renee March 9, 2012, 3:37 pm

    DadHTP rocks!:)

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie March 9, 2012, 3:39 pm

    So glad DadHTP is posting a guide soon. I am the worst haggler, I have zero patience and give in too easily… I also love that you think he was haggling for 3 hours while he thought it was great he got to hang out with you! So cute 🙂
    Good luck with the cleaning

  • Alyse March 9, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I need a better car. I always bring my dad because he always talks the salesman into a full tank of gas. haha. Dads are awesome that way.

  • Kristin March 9, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Good Luck with your apartment!!!!I spent my day haggling too and i hated it! I was haggling my starting salary for this new job I was thinking about taking and didn’t win…so i declined it 🙂 hardest thing ever but I’m happy with my decision. it made me feel strong and empowered over my life lol!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 9, 2012, 3:55 pm

    ugh i am HOPELESS at haggling!

  • colleen March 9, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Love yours and HTPDad’s point of view on the morning! We have always bought Saturns up until 3.5 yrs ago and I got to experience haggling for the firt time. YUCK! Thankfully the husband is stubborn and we had our two sons with us so it didn’t drag out. You were smart to bring your food

  • Kelly March 9, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I can’t haggle either. If something is this price I pay it. I don’t know if I’m embarrassed to ask for a lower price or what. Good luck with the apartment (and the closing). It’s awesome that your dad will be close by.

  • Sana March 9, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I am pretty good at bargaining.Aka, I get a lot of free food. I must look hungry. I should try that with a car…

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 9, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I HATE buying cars! I wish I was more hard ass about haggling with people. We are in the middle of some negotiations now for work and dang it’s intense!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 9, 2012, 5:01 pm

    I think a new car is in my future too. And leaving California…haha!

  • j3nn March 9, 2012, 5:03 pm

    When I’m patient and confident, I can haggle in either direction; buying or selling, but I’m usually shy and impatient, so I think I need more practice!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes March 9, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Your Thai lunch looks lovely!

  • jennifer hohn March 9, 2012, 5:22 pm

    why doesn’t DadHTP just rent your current apartment? then you won’t get kicked out and left stranded 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 5:35 pm

      We thought of that! But we’d like him to be closer to our new house… Like a mile or so would be ideal. Our new place is like 15 minutes from our current place.

  • jane March 9, 2012, 5:33 pm

    that’s so fun that dadHTP will be so near with the baby coming. will he be helping out at the clinic as well?

  • Jen March 9, 2012, 6:00 pm

    You need to have your dad do a post on how to haggle! I suck at it…I’m always afraid I’ll offend the person with a lowball offer or end up getting yelled at, lol. Awesome news that your dad will be close by once babyHTP arrives…it’s nice to have family to lean on 🙂

    • Jen March 9, 2012, 6:02 pm

      LOL…apparently I need to read the previous comments before sharing my grand idea of your dad doing a guest post, haha. Great minds think alike, I guess!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 9, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Haha my dad also works in sales and is quite the haggler! I’m lousy at it and just give them what they ask for!

  • Jenn March 9, 2012, 8:06 pm

    This sounds so, so familiar – my dad was also a salesman, so buying a car with him was always an experience. It was uncomfortable during the haggling but he always got awesome deals.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 9, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I need DadHTP to come up to Michigan when I get ready to buy a car later this year!!

  • Jen March 10, 2012, 12:16 am

    I completely suck at haggling, as I am the most non-confrontational person ever! Sometimes, I wish that there were “hagglers for hire” for just these types of situations. 🙂

    Best of luck with the house & with the apartment hunt!!!

    Also, James looks so thoughtful in that picture…makes we wonder what’s on his mind! 🙂

    • Jen March 10, 2012, 12:24 am

      Of course, if there were hagglers for hire, I would probably just wind up getting overcharged since I wouldn’t be able to haggle THEIR rates down (sigh)… 🙂

  • Katie March 10, 2012, 3:08 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Guess what?! There’s a story about you and The Naked Face Project on UK’s The Daily Mile. See the article thru the link below…


  • Katie March 10, 2012, 3:09 am

    Sorry, I meant “The Daily MAIL”

  • Ann @ Turbo Teacher March 10, 2012, 9:17 am

    I hate confrontation also – It gets me worked up and makes my hands sweat!! 🙂

  • Jordan March 10, 2012, 9:25 am

    I love steamed broccoli – I add them all the time to leftovers to pump up the meal 🙂
    Broccoli yes, confrontation no haha

  • Amber K March 10, 2012, 1:29 pm

    I wish I could haggle but the whole process stresses me out. Why can’t things just be a certain price and I decide whether I want it or not? So much simpler!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 10, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Oh gosh, I have never haggled in my life! Haha I’m the kind of person that accepts the price as is, it just seems so weird to me!

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