Take It Back, Use It Up, or Pass It On

file000370041961Chances are that your closets and maybe even other parts of your home have items that are new with the tags on or still in their original bags and packaging. These are items that were purchased (or gifted) but are not being used. In other words, they are a waste of money. Purge these reminders of spending from your life in one of the following three ways.

This is Part One in a three-part series.

Take It Back

Many stores are quite generous with taking new items back fro a full refund or for store credit. It helps if you have a receipt and have recently purchased it, but even if you find something that is months old and with no receipt, you still may be able to return it anyway.

Some of the best stores for returns include LL bean, which will take any of its products back for replacement, even if they are damaged and Victoria’s Secret, which will take back any bra with no questions asked. Bath and Body Works has a 100 percent guarantee on its products and will take them back, even if opened.

Before you go back to the store to make a return (or send it through the mail), first research the return policy.

Returning your unused items may net you some cash, or at least the credit you can use for necessities. In cases where only credit is possible, request the credit in the form of a store gift card. In a pinch, you could use the card as a gift (saving yourself money) or sell the gift card for a little less than face value. You won’t recover your entire purchase price this way, but you will get some cash for items that were just sitting in your home doing nothing.


Look for the next article in the series tomorrow.

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About Mary Ann Romans

Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com