Return Shopping

Spring is finally upon me here in Massachusetts! Or at least it sort of is…anyways I’m taking advantage of the good weather to declutter my life a bit. In trying to organize my mountains of clothes, purses and accessories, I realized I had a lot of items that I had meant to return and just hadn’t gotten around to it. This made me think of something a coworker had said to me recently: maybe it was time to go return shopping!

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What is return shopping? It’s when you dedicate a few hours to take everything back that you don’t want or don’t need. It’s a great way to get a few bucks back, rather than letting it go to waste.

Here are my return shopping tips:
1. Gather up any receipts you have. Ideally, you should keep your receipts until you’re certain you’re keeping everything you purchased. If you keep this organized ahead of time, it’ll make your return shopping trip even easier.

2. For items where you can’t track down the receipt, try googling the store’s return policy. Some stores can look up your transaction using your credit card, so you can get a full refund. Other stores will allow you to get a refund or store credit for the current price of the item. Although this option isn’t as great, you’d still be getting something back.

3. Plan your trip well! If several stores are all in the same mall or plaza, hit them all at once. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment from returning everything and you won’t stress yourself out by having to run to all around town and back.

4. Decide ahead of time what this money will be used for. Bills? Savings? Treat yourself? Having this firmly decided ahead of time will help you resist the urge to splurge if you should be using the money elsewhere.

5. Likewise, return shopping day is for returns only! Don’t turn around and spend everything you’ve gotten back, unless you already planned to do so.

So, get your unwanted items together and get your money back! It’s yours anyways, so why waste it?

Have you ever done a return shopping day? What’s your biggest return score?

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