I am floored that I have not mentioned this before. In fact, I just spent about 25 minutes searching the blog to be sure I haven't posted about this before, but both Google Reader and the search feature on the blog are swearing I have not. So, stop me if you've heard this one . . .
Is there anything more painful than buying something at full-price and then seeing it go on sale immediately afterward?
Did you know that if you buy something and the price goes down with a week or two of your purchase, many stores will refund you the difference?
All you need is your receipt - march up to the checkout desk, and ask if you can get it price adjusted. If you paid by credit card, often the difference will just go right back on your card.
Last week, I bought quite a number of baby clothes for my little girl because Old Navy was having a really excellent 40% off the clearance price sale. I stopped in today when I was going to another store near Old Navy and noticed that all the clearance items were now FIFTY percent off the clearance price. Plus, most of the items had been marked down even further. No problem - all the items I'd bought last week now were priced at the new lower price. Two quick seconds at the register.
Most stores have their price adjustment policy on the back of their receipts or on their website.
It's probably not worth an extra trip, most of the time, but if it's a store you frequent a lot, keep your receipts in your purse or wallet and have them rescan them the next time you're in.