3 Tricks to Always Get the Best Deal

Truth: everyone loves a good deal. That's why it's the worst feeling in the world when an outfit you just bought goes on sale…a week after you purchased it. Don't worry, these retail hacks will come in handy when gasp you didn't get the best deal possible.

1. Price adjustments

A price adjustment is exactly what it sounds like: if an item you've bought within a certain time period goes on sale, you can simply bring in your receipt to the store and they will do a price adjustment. A price adjustment means that you get refunded the difference between the price you paid and the new sale price of the item, either in cash or back on credit.

To cash in on price adjustment policies, take note of what retailers offer the service and check back within a week to see if the items you purchased have been marked down. If you're short on time or bought a lot of items you can always ask a salesperson to scan your receipt to see if there's been any markdowns and have them issue a price adjustment. It's basically getting a great sales deal, without any of the waiting or the work.

Here's a list of just a handful of popular retail stores that offer price adjustments: Nordstrom, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Kohls, and Macy's.

2. Price match

Another great retail hack, that requires a bit more research, is the price match. If you know a product is on sale at a competing store or business, some places will match the price. The best thing about this retail hack is that it saves you time; by using price match you're able to get all your shopping done in one location. To get the most out of price matching routinely look through fliers and online sales sections of stores that sell the brands that you buy. Once you find a discounted item save the image to your phone or bring in the physical flier when redeeming your price match.

To name a few stores that offer a price match guarantee: Best Buy, Dell, Walmart, and Target.

3. Final sale

When an item's price ends in .97 (or .98 depending on the store) it's the best time to buy it. Let me explain: often when an item is at its lowest price possible, a retailer will mark it down to a price ending in .97, .98, or some other odd amount.. This usually means that it's final sale and you won't be able to return it, so make sure it's an item you really want and then rest assured that you got the best deal possible.

If you take one lesson away from these retail hacks it's: keep your receipts and do your research. You're now on your way to getting the best deal possible.