Bargaining during a Pandemic

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help baby boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and purpose in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Click here for her website:

Now, on to my blog:

toilet paperAt the beginning of the current shelter-in-place lifestyle, some coveted items became inordinately expensive and hard to find. Who would’ve thought that the dilemma of how to wipe one’s (fill in the blank) would become a major focus during lockdown time? A few months ago, my son saw a sign in a window on the block where he lives:

“Toilet Paper for Sale”
single ply: $10 per roll
double ply: $20 per roll

I heard about a store that had been enticing shoppers with the promise of a free roll of toilet paper with every purchase over $50. However, they failed to specify if it was single or double ply—an important tidbit to know for the potential resale market. Regardless of the TP issue, good deals are still to be had during this twilight zone in which we find ourselves.

Don’t let your bargaining chops become extinct just because you’re stuck in the house for months on end. Several weeks ago, my old dryer died (FYI not from the COVID-19 virus, in case you were wondering), and I had to buy a new one. I jumped on Google to search for dryers in various stories, honing in on a selection that would best suit my needs. I finally decided on an appropriate candidate from Best Buy.

New DryerI called and spoke to a staff member who told me that particular model was out of stock. The next model up was an additional $150.

“But Friedman’s Appliances is selling that same deluxe model for only $499,” I informed him from my extensive research.

“OK, we can match that,” he acquiesced without a moment’s delay.

With a groan, the sluggish gears in my mind started rotating.

“You know, usually when a customer finds a better price at another store, the first store will not only meet that price but will also take an additional ten percent off.”

My adversary laughed.

“I’ll tell you what. We’ll include hauling your old dryer away for free, and we’ll throw in the auxiliary kit (connection hose and a few other necessaries) for free, too.”

Well, I grabbed that deal. I mean, even Friedman’s wasn’t offering those perks.

Yes, your old talents may seem rusty from lack of use. However, it’s like riding a bicycle or (fill in the blank) when you haven’t done it in years. The skill is only lying dormant waiting for you to pick it right back up.


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Filed under active seniors, Baby boomers, gerontology, healthy aging, longevity, reinvention, retirement, senior citizens, seniors, successful aging

4 responses to “Bargaining during a Pandemic

  1. Patricia Spiegel

    Good for you, Lee Gale! Hope the new dryer works out well.

  2. so glad – I love bargaining! I’ve been ordering from Target online because they have free shipping for over $35, free postage returns — & they price match if you do the online chat or phone them. mentioning this because I like to do all I can to slow Amazon from taking over the world.

  3. Great details about Target. I didn’t know that. Thanks!

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