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Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Hold onto receipts...



ReceiptWith stores piling on discounts daily in this shopping recession, what seems like a good deal today could get a lot better tomorrow. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

Last weekend, I picked up a pair of slacks and a cami at what seemed like great prices at White House Black Market. (Already reduced merchandise was an extra 30 percent off.) My total bill came to $29.94.

Two days later, I walked past the store while doing some last-minute holiday shopping. A red sign advertised an additional 40 percent off all sale items. In two days, my purchases had become 10 percent cheaper.

The saleswoman was sympathetic when I asked for a price adjustment. I had left my receipt at home, but she looked me up in computer system. My credit card was refunded $4.28 -- enough for a Starbucks grande latte. Every little bit counts, right?

Stores are seeing more customers asking for price adjustments these days, so don't be shy. Hold onto your receipt and research the store policy. Even if you've passed the grace window, it can't hurt to ask.

-- Deal Diva Letitia

P.S. One of the best stores for price adjustments and returns is Bed, Bath and Beyond. Say you buy an item today and a 20 percent off coupon arrives the next day in the mail or the newspaper. They'll credit you for the value of the discount, even on prior purchases. Just be sure to bring in that receipt!

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:12pm]


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