Big raise. Small raise. ANY raise would be great. But, the only raise I ever get is...never mind. Either way, try this trick to get the raise you want.

According to New York Magazine, one of the best ways to ask for a big raise and GET ONE is to start with a joke, where you ask for an INSANE amount of money, like a million bucks.

It has to do with a technique called "anchoring," where you start with a higher number than you actually expect to get.

Studies have found it even works if you got way over-the-top with it, because throwing out ANY high number makes your boss less likely to low-ball you.

Plus it's a good ice-breaker.  So it also works if you're negotiating your salary in a job interview.

A study in 2011 had a bunch of people interview for the same job that paid just over $30,000.  When people joked that they wanted a HUNDRED THOUSAND, the average offer they got was $35,385.

When they DIDN'T, the average offer they got was about $3,000 less.  So almost a 10% difference.

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