Checking the Sales Receipt - a good habit

Do you check your sales receipt when you buy something? I do, except when it's something inexpensive or just a single item or two.

And, when it's an item that I know there is no possibility of return, I simply refuse the receipt.

I don't need another piece of paper hanging around, do you?

So, I maintain that taking a look at your receipt is a good habit to get into. There are multiple reasons why you might want to do this.

Here is my list of reasons for checking the sales receipt:

  • You make mistakes.

    Did you buy 10w-30 motor oil when you wanted 5w-30? It will show up on the receipt.

    Do you have everything that you came in for? Check the receipt against your shopping list.

    Is everything you paid for in the bags. Again, check the content of bags against your sales receipt. Some stores are famous for leaving your purchases in bags on the "grocery-go-round." You might leave them there too, until you check the receipt and see that they're missing.

  • They make mistakes.

    Sams' Club checks for duplicate entries at the exits. Apparently this has been a problem. Often when we buy two of something, they'll ask if have two bags of apples or bar towels or whatever it is shows up on the receipt twice.

  • Prices can be marked wrong.

    It's not a problem when it's in your favor, but it is when it's not in your favor. Besides, if something is marked down, and you don't know it until you check your sales receipt, you might want to go back in and get more to take advantage of the price reduction. You can't do this unless you check your receipt.

  • Better understanding of what things cost and what you're spending.

    It's one thing to realize that you just spent $85.26 on some grocery items. It's quite another to understand that most of that cost was soft drinks, potato chips and coffee, instead of core food items.

Checking the receipt gives you a different perspective on your activity of spending money. It's a bit like using a credit card versus spending cash. One is signing for numbers, the other shows you how much is flowing out of your wallet.

A new perspective on the money you're spending is important for the smart shopper. Try it to see what a difference it can make in your attitude and perspective while you're shopping.

Not only can it change your behavior and save you some money, but it can also save you a trip back to the store. For those of us who live in the country, we don't want to make another 38 mile round trip because of an error that could have been prevented by a quick check of the receipt.

Done with Checking the Sales Receipt, back to Frugal Shopping

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.