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Check That Register Tape

Updated on January 6, 2017

Store Trip Tip

Walking down the aisle

to marriage is just the start.

Store aisles cost the most.

Even the short aisles can be expensive.


Making Sure

Yesterday we saved #10.50 by checking the register tape on a $57.00 shopping trip to a local supermarket. All it took was checking what we had been billed for.

In our case a $5.99 item had been charged as $15.99.

Checking carefully for voided items on the register tape, the wrong charge remained.

My wife is usually careful to review register tapes before we leave the store, or at least before we leave the store parking lot, But on occasion we have not found the error, or the extra item we were billed for but didn't choose, or the item we chose but that didn't get put with our purchases, until we were home and putting things away.

A good store will make good on their errors, and the cashier and bagger will learn to be more careful.

We were refunded the overcharge yesterday, but we could easily have taken our purchases home and been none the wiser, had we not checked to be sure we received what we paid for and were not overcharged.

We are all human. We all make mistakes.

Sometimes we are just exhausted toward the end of a long day. Sometimes we err because we are confronted by a new situation and our experience is lacking. Sometimes we just lapse into carelessness that results in an accident.

Having a budget and sticking to it has to become a habit. Many newlyweds find they are forced into creating one. Many elderly know that one is essential to just getting through the month.

The rest of us can find that a budget that has "Savings" at the top of the list can not only create a "Rainy Day Fund" for unexpected emergencies, but can also provide steady growth toward a more satisfying monthly budget when we ourselves are living those "Golden Years."

That Pot of Gold is most likely to be what you have saved over the years!



© 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      vocalcoach - I suspect that the only people who have not found mistakes on purchases made at a store are those folks who never check their purchases and charges.

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      Audrey Hunt 13 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have found mistakes on my register receipts more than once. Thanks for this good reminder to always stop and check the register before leaving the store. Happy New Year Demas!