DENVER (CBS4)– I’m already feeling overwhelmed. Not by the holiday season, but by all the shopping tips that keep coming to mind! Between now and Christmas, I’ll post my favorites to help you find the best holiday bargains out there.
First is price matching. Recently, Walmart announced its beefed-up policy for the holidays, offering customers a gift card worth the difference in price when a customer finds an item for less somewhere else.
Stores such as Target, Kohl’s, Staples, and many more also offer price matching. Sears, Kmart, Home Depot and some others even offer an additional 10 percent refund on top of the price difference. Often, Black Friday deals are “blacked out” of price matching, so to speak.
Here’s a link to a good article on price matching and how it can save you money: money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money
The bottom line is, it pays to know your store’s policy. But what about when a retailer beats its OWN price? Many stores will do what’s called a “price adjustment.” This is not as widely advertised as price matching, probably because stores don’t want to tell you their prices will get even lower.
When I get a price adjustment, I walk out of the store smiling, because I no longer have to admonish myself for buying something too early! Timing is everything in bargain hunting, isn’t it?
In most cases, when you see the lower price, you can bring your item back within a set period of time and get a refund for the difference. The time period varies from one week to two months to even longer. Old Navy, Gap, Barnes and Noble, even Apple, offer price adjustments. Often, clearance and limited quantity or Black Friday specials are excluded. It’s as simple as going to customer service to see if you can get a price adjustment and present your receipt. I’ve saved up to $30 this way!
Here’s a good link to an article on price adjustments and which stores do them: morewithlesstoday.com
In that same vein, don’t you hate it when you plan to buy something with a coupon, then you forget to use it? Aaaaargh! Well, some stores, such as Target and King Soopers, will accept your coupon AFTER the fact and refund the coupon amount. LOVE IT!
One more little unrelated tip for any Lego-lovers out there, like my son, right now Walmart.com is offering Lego “bundles” in which you get one item practically free! My Lego Ninjago bundle of two sets cost the same amount as the larger one alone, and shipping for the bundle was 97 cents! Lego is not exactly cheap, so I was thrilled to find this deal.
Happy holiday shopping!
About The Blogger
– In her Brooke’s Bargains blog Brooke Wagner writes about finding bargains and saving money for her family. She calls it one of her favorite hobbies. Blog entries cover everything from the latest steals, deals, and freebies to cheap family activities, saving for college, and what to buy right now.