Having 5 kids, I’ve learned a few savings tricks for Christmas toys. For the things on their wish list that are “mainstream” toys (things that are popular & carried at most stores) I take advantage of Meijer’s price adjustment policy.
Ask your local store about their policies. At the local Meijer (in Western Michigan), it is:
- Bring your receipt in within 30 days of purchase.
- Bring a current sale flyer in from any local store that has the item(s) for a lower price.
- Meijer will refund the difference.
Remember, only have 30 days. In addition, you must wait in line at customer service each time you need an adjustment made. Often I have multiple adjustment requests from several different stores each week. I usually walk away with $10-20/wk – sometimes more. If you decide to use this method, speak in person with one of the customer service representatives FIRST, tell them what you are planning to do, and ask if it will be difficult to use one receipt for multiple adjustments and multiple trips. Ask what their customer service hours are and when they tend to be the least busy. Since Meijer is where I do my weekly grocery shopping, I take care of my price adjustments while shopping – so no extra trip required! The only things they won’t adjust prices for are “doorbuster” deals and deals that require a store coupon.
One big advantage to this is that you are able to get all the popular toys at the lowest prices without running around to multiple stores each week as they have sales. Also, the issue of having an item out of stock because it’s on sale is eliminated. I usually do my shopping around 5-7 days before Thanksgiving. This allows me until about mid-December to price match. Remember, if you find that there is an item on your list that hasn’t gone on sale, you can always return it. This has never happened to me, since there is an abundance of sales during this time!
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