5 smart money lessons from reality TV
'Pawn Stars': Practice negotiation
On the popular reality TV show "Pawn Stars," you watch and learn from the characters' techniques about how to get better deals.
"When you hire a house cleaner, landscaper or other service provider, ask, 'How much do you charge?'" says Dr. Brad Klontz, co-author of "Mind Over Money." "Then talk them down to what you can afford."
You would be surprised at the number of places where you can haggle. It never costs anything to ask, Klontz says.
Rick Harrison, the owner-operator of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, and his dad, the "Old Man, the Appraiser" bring solid skills to their negotiations in every episode of "Pawn Stars."
"This is not something we're born with, so it needs to be practiced in front of a mirror, if necessary," Klontz says.