This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
One of the challenges of staying organized in a small space is dealing with receipts. Receipts from purchases, bank transactions seem to keep multiplying and cluttering up pockets, wallets and purses. It is tempting to just get rid of them. However, I have found you need to keep receipts for a certain period of time before discarding them.
Dealing with receipts:
Cash machine transactions: When I use the ATM I keep them for a month or until I receive my monthly statement
Large purchases: I keep receipts for large ticket items such as appliances, electronics and computers indefinitely or at least for as long as you own the item. You never know when you may have to prove ownership of something, of possibly file a claim for loss of such item.
Charitable donations and other tax deductible items: I keep mine for seven years. You may find other advice elsewhere but I can only share what I do myself.
Everyday purchases: I keep about a month’s worth of receipts and I found this practice has helped me save some money.
Here’s how keeping receipts saves you money:
Most grocery stores have a product guarantee. If you buy and item that is unsatisfactory, return the item and get a refund or replacement. I have returned many items in the past such as house brands that did not measure up, dairy products that spoiled before the expiration date, or off-tasting deli meats. Stores such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods recognize their own products and offer a refund without a receipt, however I have learned that many others require the original receipt to obtain a refund.
Claim missing items from orders
Sometimes, fast food restaurants neglect to add your fries or other items you ordered “to go.” The only proof you have when you call or report it is your receipt. Circle the item you were charged for, but did not receive, and present it within a few days to get a refund or replacement.
Get free food from surveys
Many fast food restaurant receipts have a customer survey phone number or website and if you call within a day or two, you receive a code for free food.
My son had a tablet computer that recently had some issues. We found out that some of the models had flaws that needed repair or replacement. The store we bought it from indicated they were not responsible. We contacted the manufacturer and they issued a replacement upon return of the defective tablet.
Participate in class action lawsuits
A few years ago, I found out the pet food I was buying had unsavory ingredients and a class action lawsuit was filed against the manufacturer for deceptive practices. I had several receipts for the purchases and upon sending them as proof of purchase, I received a check for the money spent. You never know if an item you bought may get recalled at some point, or a class action lawsuit could ensue from product claims. A receipt is not always required but having one serves as proof you bought the products or quantities when you file a claim.
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