Get the Kids to Clean the Boat While You Drink a Beer
Try an Outright Bribe: “You clean, I drink, you get something really cool” — like an iTunes gift card or an extra hour of curfew. Kids will rise to the occasion with the right incentive. Know your kids and you’re home free, or almost free. They will make you pay up.
Get Free Stuff!
Buying a new boat? If reps won’t budge off the bottom line, try to get free stuff from the dealer. Say that you’ll take the deal if he throws in XYZ. You could wind up with cool water toys, a Coast Guard kit, dock lines or maybe even free winter storage.