The last time when you went to the grocery store, did you actually look as the items were being rung up on the cash register? You might want to start if you’re not in the habit of doing so. The items to especially hone in on are sale-priced items.
Believe it or not, sometimes you may be being overcharged on your purchases. I would like to believe that these errors are not intentional. According to an article entitled, Scanning for Dollars written by Joan Rattner Heilman here’s why. “Computers make mistakes. Plus, some supermarkets have a “scan guarantee policy”. If an item is rung up at a higher price than the one marked or advertised, you get it for free, at least up to a dollar amount”. Tobacco and alcohol products are not included”.
Some stores that adhere to this policy include A &P, Kroger, Stop and Shop, Publix, Hy-Vee and BI-Lo.
A spokesperson for Hy-Vee says, “Mistakes occur most often on sale items when price changes haven’t been correctly programmed into the computer”.
It’s for certain that you won’t get rich off of these errors. However, with the escalating prices of our groceries why pay more than is necessary? Do your wallet a favor and be sure that you are not being overcharged on your groceries.
AARP Bulletin, May 2010 edition, Page 18