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Featured in Woman’s Day Magazine September 2015

Featured in Woman’s Day Magazine September 2015

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Featured in Woman's Day Magazine September 2015

I was honored to be contacted a few months ago and asked to provide Woman’s Day magazine with a unique tip on how I save hundreds—even thousands on family expenses. The following is the tip I gave. An excerpt was featured in the September 2015 edition.

Always ask for a discount on medical, dental, hospital, and orthodontic bills.

I could list many examples of how I have saved, but here are a few:

  • I called on two ER bills and had them reduced by 20%—just by asking.
  • While pregnant, I called the hospital and asked if there were any offered discounts, and they told me I’d save almost $300 by paying before leaving the hospital with our new baby (which we did).
  • A few bills were incorrect, and I saved $1,700 by getting them re-processed or written off.
  • I saved a few hundred by asking for a discount at the orthodontists.
  • For a root canal, the endodontist dropped the bill $150 because my insurance wouldn’t help me.

Even if you feel slightly embarrassed, do not pay medical bills until you, first, make sure they are correct, and second, ask, “Do you offer any discounts for paying in full?” or “Do you offer discounts for paying in cash?” or “My insurance isn’t going to help. Do you offer any discounts for people who don’t have help from insurance?”

I’m consistently surprised that about 7 out of 10 times I ask I’m rewarded with discounts. In fact, I saved over $3,000 in under 10 months by doing this.

Featured in Woman's Day Magazine September 2015

The article in Woman’s Day September 2015 also featured some fantastic money-saving ideas from the frugal living women over at The Frugal Navy WifeCheapsters, Food Wine and Poopy DiapersHis And Her MoneyStacking Benjamins, and L Bee And The Money Tree.

Want more ideas on how to save on medical expenses? Click the images below for many more ideas.

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Featured in Woman's Day Magazine September 2015

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LZ Cathcart@ The Summery Umbrella

Friday 21st of August 2015

First, congrats!! :) Second, WHAT?!? I had no idea. That is absolutely amazing. I honestly would have never thought to ask, and now... it's on! Thanks for the great piece of advice.

Anita Fowler

Friday 21st of August 2015

Thank you! Yes it is crazy, just by asking you can save thousands!

Chelsea @ Life With My Littles

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

This is so awesome! Congrats!! And thanks for the tips, too!

Shirria @ GDTH

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I always ask for discount options and incentives to pay less when possible. I've received a discount at the dentists, ophthalmologist, even for memberships such as to Audible and satellite radio. I live by this tip!