Do you keep receipts of your purchases or do you throw them when you get home?

@iskayz (5422)
Philippines
July 22, 2009 2:59am CST
I’ve learned a good lesson today.. The other day I brought a laptop cooler from a store and the sales lady told me there is a 7 days warranty in case there is a factory defect. I was using the cooler and it was working just fine when suddenly after a day it stopped working. I went back to the store with the cooler I bought but I was told they can’t replaced the item without the receipt. I know I shouldn’t have thrown away the receipt when I opened the package. But I never thought the cooler will suddenly stop from working. I have bought many times from the same store and all is working fine till now so I threw the receipt. Besides, I am always like that. After purchasing something, as soon as I get home, I throw the receipts in the garbage. I don’t like pieces of paper crowding my wallet or hand bag. I don’t like seeing receipts placed everywhere inside the house, on my tables, on the TV, near the phone or just anywhere. I look at it as garbage and sometimes my pets play with it and its bad if they swallow paper. When I was still living with my aunt I remember she keeps receipts. Whatever she buys she keeps the receipts. I asked her once why she has to keep cause she has no use for it but she says, no reason at all, she just likes to keep them. So when she died, I saw a lot of receipts kept in different places with no use at all except that it’s garbage. What about you guys? Do you keep the receipts of your purchases and for how long? What kind of receipts do you keep?
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22 responses
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
22 Jul 09
I keep a plastic folder in the house, and all receipts for non food items costing more than £5 go into there. I check the folder about once a month, and dispose of all those over a year old or, in the case of cheaper items, after a month or so. I throw grocery receipts away as soon as I get home, unless there is a non food item on the receipt. However, I always check the receipt before I leave the store, as it's surprising how many mistakes you pick up. Just because stores use laser technology, it doesn't mean the right prices are in the system. I often find a discrepancy between the shelf price and the receipt price, and it's always in the store's favour, never in mine - or am I just being cynical here?
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
No, I don't think you are being cynical. It's just right to check what we buy and I think I have learned something from your response. Maybe the next time I do the groceries, I'll check the receipt. Money is hard to earn nowadays and I don't want to be paying for something I didn't bought or for something having a wrong price. Happy posting!
@glesil_00 (1147)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Receipts is important because you'll never know you will find defects in your purchases or after a day you want to change or returned the goods you purchase so it is necessary. I am keeping the receipt for 1 month, and because it naturally fades away, the written on the receipt i threw it. It was during my college days that i keep receipts of my purchases. Now i do not keep it for too long more than 1 month because i know i have nothing to return or change or find defect on what i purchase because it is mainly foods. I look for the expiration before i picked it up.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Oh I do the same when I buy foods. I check their expiration. And whenever I purchase an item, it has never come to my mind that I could be returning it after sometime because of a factory defect so maybe that's why I don't care to keep those receipts. Hmm.. I think that's careless of me hehe. Happy posting!
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
I keep the receipts of all my purchases. No one taught me of this practice because even my parents do not keep those too. I know only a few people who do this. Although they do not serve any major purpose most of the time, but I know one day they will be use to me. I do not yet have any experience like that of yours, but I really think it is a good practice. To me, I could easily assess how big or little my expenses looking at the receipts I have kept, making me aware where my money goes. Thank you. Happy mylotting!
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Hi! Well that's a good way of keeping track your expenses. At least there is something useful about those receipts you are keeping. I do keep track of my expenses by adding all the receipts I have bought say for one day, but after adding it all up, I still threw them away. Ciao!
@michmich2 (432)
• United States
22 Jul 09
In general, I throw away receipts as soon as I get home. The only exception is if I buy something expensive or something that I am not sure I am going to keep. I usually do not keep track of the receipts I do keep very well anyway though, so sometimes I wonder why I even bother to keep any at all. Like you said, I do not like to have little pieces of paper like receipts making my purse and wallet messy, so that's one of the main reasons I do not keep many receipts. I also just do not see any reason to keep receipts for things that I can't or wouldn't return, for whatever reason.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Oh we're the same! We don't like our wallets keeping pieces of paper making it messy. Hmm.. yeah expensive items maybe we should keep their receipts. But I have never kept any receipt I've purchased in my entire life hehe. I don't know. I just don't like keeping them.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jul 09
I used to be a little careless with receipts before but nowadays I do like to keep receipts safe, especially when it comes to things like clothes or electronic items which you intend on keeping for a while. I usually will hold on to receipts of clothing items for say a month or so, whereas more expensive electronic item receipts I will hold on to for maybe 6 months+.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Hi! You keep receipts of the clothes you buy for about a month? Do stores still accepts replacements for clothings after a month or so? I think it's only valid for 24 hours if you plan to replace a clothing you have bought. Well, in my country that's how it is. Maybe it's different in your country. Happy posting!
@UK_Shree (3604)
23 Jul 09
Yes we usually do have 28 days for refunds and exchanges. But if you buy a faulty item and it is longer than one month, you are also within your rights to go in and make a complaint. Therefore I do hold onto receipts for quite some time, just in case.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
You have 28 days for replacements? Oh wow that is nice.. Here in the Philippines as I have said, for clothes it's only 24 hours and usually it's only for the size and color that can be replaced. That's why sometimes when I buy clothes and after washing it I would notice that some stitches are already ripped, I cannot replace the item anymore. What I do is that I check the item for damages thoroughly before buying it.
@brienn (826)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
I usually don't keep receipts on my purchase, i usually throw them away immediately after I got home or while going. But like you I also learned a lesson from an incident, when sometimes I used my credit card and I didn't know the clerk accidentally double entered the amount of my purchases. I only noticed when my billing came.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
So what did you do? Did you paid for it too?
@brienn (826)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
That's the sad part of it, I had to pay for it too, cause I don't have any proof to send to the credit card company.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I always keep my reciepts in my purse. I clean my purse out and thats when I go threw them. If reciepts are new and have items that may need returning then I keep them. Like I keep reciepts on diapers for at least a month because I never know if my son may need the next size.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
I think in other countries stores are more lenient to consumers cause even diapers can be replaced even after a month. I wish we can do that here in my country. Or at least have a month warranty for all items.
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Believe it or not, I try to keep receipts for a month in my possession. After a few days I would review the things that I bought and calculate how much I have spent. With regard to purchases which amounts to something big, it is better to keep the receipts, like in your case, you can return or exchange the item provided you have the receipt which serves as a proof of payment.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
Hi jules! I really learned a lesson from this purchase.. Sadly but there's no way to replace the item and I had to buy a new one instead. But this time I did kept the receipt together with the package at least until the 7 days warranty has expired. Happy posting!
• Singapore
22 Jul 09
i don't have the habit of keeping receipts whenever i purchase anythings, most of the time i throw it away when i step out of the shop but my husband was very different from me , he alway keep receipts especially when he purchase electrica items , i think i shall change my habbit now after i see your discussion here , thanks
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Same here janice! I am too learning from our fellow lotter's responses. I'm glad that you have benefited from this post too!
@roberten (3131)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I do hang on to mostly all my receipts because, on more than one occasion, this habit has proved to have been very beneficial in the recovery of outstanding funds owed to me; or in preventing my having to pay for items/services more than once. I store them in boxes clearly marked by years, and store them in cool, dry places. After approximately seven to ten years I dispose of most of them.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Seven to ten years?! Wow, that's a very long time to hold on to those receipts you have. I'm curious, what kind of purchases are they if I may ask. It seems they are very very important to keep them that long.
@prinzcy (5063)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 09
I keep the receipts in my handbag, and they will remain there until I start cleaning and arranging the contents. Whenever I take the receipt along with the change, I will check the change and keep them in my handbag without bothering to put the receipt away. I will forget the receipt until I start cleaning the handbag (by then it's hard to find anything inside)
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Hi prinzcy! Hmmm.. checking the change by looking at the receipt. You know I am sad cause I am really careless in doing that. I don't check my change most of the time. I just put everything in my pocket or wallet and then that's it. When I get home, I fix my wallet and just throw away the receipt so thanks for reminding me. Next time I'll keep in my mind to check my change. Happy posting!
@Amorti (201)
• Turkey
22 Jul 09
I always keep the receipts of the electronic devices i buy. It's very important to have them with you in case of a breakdown / malfunction. It's good to keep them with you till the guarantee period expires.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Purchases of electronic devices, yeah I guess that's one important item wherein we should keep those receipts. Those items usually has guaranties. Maybe from now on I will keep some of them. Keep posting!
• India
20 Apr 10
I always have the habbit of keeping the receipts when i buy any products.This will help me to manage the accounts and may be usefull if there is any chance to replace that item when its damaged.
@romina26 (48)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
I do keep the receipts with warranty for replacement purposes.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I always throw away my receipts. They just seem like clutter in my purse or around my house. I've never had it come back to haunt me before. Most places will at least exchange in item without a receipt, it's unfortunate that your store wouldn't.
@jassi1 (171)
• India
23 Jul 09
whenever i get some invoice for something i make diffrence for bills if it is for apperals i used to throw it if it for gold or some elctronic items i used to keep all those in a file so that could find easily whenever i reqired them so though we get bills for each puchaing it is not possible to keep all those one of my sister used to keep all the recipts and even gift covers as well you wont belive that she has 7-8 years old recipts and gift wraps i like to clean all kind of unwanted papers after 6 months or 1 year
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I usually never keep my reciepts. Like you I view as a piece of garbage. So usually when I get home I usually just throw them in the garbage. I don't keep any kind of reciepts. The only times that I would keep a receipt is if there in my wallat or handbag and I forget to look in there and take them out. I have never had a use for them yet in my life, and hopefully I never will.
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
22 Jul 09
It really depends on what I buy. If I am buying something that is for an electronic or is an electronic I will keep the receipt. If I'm buying clothes I will throw away the receipt once I know the clothes fit properly (I don't like trying on clothes at the store)...if it's books or my craft stuff I just throw the receipt out right away because there's no reason for me to keep it.
@Ithink (10411)
• United States
22 Jul 09
My mom is a receipt keeper, I keep receipts for electronic items and expensive items. I do throw away receipts for almost everything else thou. Like you I dont like little slips of papers all over the place. I like things neat and in place. I made a file for the ones that I feel I need to keep, that way I know where they are and they are out of the way.
@emskoneko (806)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I usually keep receipts for the more expensive purchases. My mom taught me to do this in case something like your situation happenes. If you have a folder, shoe box, or an envelope you can keep them there so they won't create a mess around your house. :]