Here's an example of a simple asking that just puts a smile on my face.
Because it was so easy to ask. It made my life so much easier. It made sense. And it helped me save money. Only, it almost didn't occur to me.
For my Rome visit, I rented a studio (asked for a discount -- from 300 to 250 euros/week) and was planning on staying two weeks: Sept 12 to 26.
Then, a friend invited me to visit her on an island in the south for a few days. It's called Ischia, and I've heard it's gorgeous.
As I packed my bags for the weekend, something was bothering me. Couldn't quite put my finger on it. And then, it dawned on me. Totally coincidentally, I also wanted to extend my dates in Rome by 2 nights because some family will visit then: two cousins and my future parents-in-law.
So there I was, about to disappear for 4 days this weekend, and then about pay an extra 2 days the following weekend.
I emailed the landlord and asked him if we could "slide" my second week so that it started and ended on Monday instead of Friday.
He happily agreed, saying he might even rent out the studio that weekend. Win win.
I have just saved 160 euros.