Big Box Stores Routinely Overcharge: Here’s How to Get the Lowest Price

NCDACP (via Spectrum News) reports that Target was one of seven stores fined in a sweeping investigation in North Carolina.

The investigation probed into claims that department chains repeatedly overcharged customers either blatantly or by posting discrepancies in price on an app vs. their in-store price.

Stores caught up and fined in the investigation were Target, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Advanced Auto. In addition, two separate Dollar Generals’ were charged in this particular sweep.

This report lends itself to the idea that big chain stores aren’t necessarily out to save you the most money, and getting the best price isn’t always easy, given the extent of this investigation. So, how do you know when you’re getting the lowest price?

Cash Back

According to Nerd Wallet, having a way to earn money automatically whenever you shop is one of the easiest and most rewarding opportunities consumers have to save a little green—usually ranging between one and six percent. 

Coupons

Of course, you don’t have to be a coupon extraordinaire, but coupons are one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible. No matter the purchase price, a coupon always comes in handy.

Sales

Whether your store offers a sales flyer or places coupons on items in-store, finding these deals and other clearance items is a great way to slash listed store prices.

Shop Around

Going online might get you close to a deal, but calling is likely to be your best option for checking the listed prices of stores that compete with where you want to shop.

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