Kristin emailed in the following tip:
Check your receipts! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten home from shopping, peeked at the receipt, and saw I was overcharged. Unfortunately, at that point, I usually just forget about it since I’m already home and the cost of gas is more than the amount I was overcharged.
How can you avoid this?
- Keep a running tally on paper or in your head as you shop through the store to help you have an idea of what your total should be.
- Watch the register as things are rung up – it’s much easier to have a price changed right after something is rung versus having the cashier go back through your dozens of items to find the one that rang up incorrectly.
- Check your receipt before you leave the store! I always try to take a moment before I leave the store to quickly review my receipt.
If you catch something while you are at the store, take care of it right away! If you don’t find something until you get home, put a post-it note on the receipt noting the correct price and put this on your memo board, in your purse, etc. so that the next time you are there it’s easy to get it adjusted.
Keeping on top of receipts and the prices you are charged will help keep more money in your pocketbook and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Have you ever been overcharged? Did you take the time to get the difference?
–Tip submitted by Kristin from Just Live Once