If it isn’t expensive enough to feed your family, a number of stores are facing huge fines after lawsuits accusing them of overcharging their customers.
In recent months several stores have faced lawsuits, with some of the biggest names out there paying as much as $4.4 million to settle these lawsuits.
You work hard for your money and deserve to get what you pay for. Make sure that you use the steps below to ensure that you are getting exactly what you pay for.
Many of us are guilty of tossing items inside of our baskets without really adding up the amount of money we are spending.
Use the calculator on your phone to add costs of each item in the basket. Not only will this trick help you spend less, it will also ensure that you are not being overcharged, whether accidentally or on purpose.
In addition to the use of the calculator, there are also a number of apps available that will let you make shopping lists and compare costs, calculate sales tax for you and much more.
All supermarkets have scales available for you to weigh items that you are purchasing. Use this scale, even when buying items that are already packaged.
If the scale shows that the package weighs less than what is listed, you should ask to speak to a store manager immediately.
One store named in the recent lawsuits was found to be overcharging customers by as much as $14.84 on some items. SO, as you can see, this is definitely worth doing if you have any doubts.
When you finally make it to the register you are likely to be ready to pay for your purchases and get out of the store.
You may use the time to browse the aisles for those last minute items, or you might even strike up a conversation with the cashier. Instead of doing any of these things, pay attention to the register and the price that you are being charged for each item.
Finally, make sure that you keep your register receipt and take a look at it when you arrive home. If you notice any discrepancies in what you have been charged and the advertised prices you have your proof and can speak with the store manager who can handle the matter.
If you do encounter a problem, do not become irate or start making accusations. It could be a simple error, and the manager or cashier is likely not the responsible party.
If you do not receive satisfaction from the store manager after filing a complaint of overcharging, do not simply stop shopping at the store or continue to take the overcharging.
There are district managers, area managers, and, of course, lawyers who would be happy to help resolve the matter.