I started thinking about other ways to make sure you don’t lose money when making a purchase- some of them are obvious, but some are not.
- Keep your receipt! Most stores will let you return without the tags as long as you have the receipt.
- Don’t pay with cash– It’s easier to return something and get your money back when there’s proof of a transaction. I recently returned something at Border’s when I didn’t have a receipt, and even though it’s not their policy, they put the money back on my debit card because they had the number saved in their system.
- If you’re buying something online, talk to a customer service rep first– Typically they’re on commission and can give you a discount if you order with them. They won’t tell you that up front, but if they know you’re getting off the phone to go buy it on the website, they will usually try to pull out all the stops to keep you on the phone and buy with them instead.
- Know the return policy– It’s not really a problem with department stores, but it is with small boutiques. There’s several stores in town that I will only buy something from unless I’m 100% sure I won’t need to return it, or if it’s cheap enough to where it doesn’t matter. The reason being that they usually don’t offer your money back, only store credit, or sometimes it’s a final sale.