How Stores' Price-Match Policies Compare

Cheapism provides a guide to which retailers have the best guarantees.

A smart way to save money when shopping is to take advantage of stores' price-match policies. Smart phone apps, such as ShopSavvy and RedLaser, make it easy to scan a product's barcode and compare prices for the same product online. But getting the store you're in to match the price you found online isn't always easy. That's because price-matching policies vary from retailer to retailer. What one store accepts for proof of a competitor's price might not pass muster at another. And some won't match online prices -- even if the price comes from the retailer's own Web site.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.