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Millennials are now haggling in job interviews, hotels and airports

Elizabeth Willard Thames, 35, a financial writer based in Vermont, has learned to always negotiate.

“On large purchases I always say, ‘Is there a discount if I pay in full and upfront?’” The answer she often receives is yes. She asked to pay the total cost of laser eye surgery in cash, writing a $4,225 check, saving her $300. Thames surprised the office with the request, but they were happy to save the time not administering yet another payment plan.

‘My generation negotiates out of necessity.’

—Tyler Richard, 24

She’s not alone. In Brooklyn, Christina Wallace, 35, rarely takes the first offer as the final offer.

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