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Frugal Friday: Check Your Receipt and Speak Up

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 23, 2009 @ 2:38 am In Frugal Friday,Grocery Geek | 14 Comments


Last weekend I did some crazy shopping. I crossed the thresholds of six stores, some of them even twice. But, I brought home quite a lot of food for just a little bit of money, comparatively speaking.

At several stores, there were special deals, such as “Buy $X and get a coupon for $X to use on your next trip.” This is common in the way I grocery shop [5]. What was interesting about this trip is that I had time after each transaction to pause by the front door of the store and scan my receipt. As a mom of six children, my opportunities to go grocery shopping alone, let alone at all, are few and far between. So, I have to reduce go back trips.

Well, I found an error on my receipt. Not once, but twice. The first one was in my favor for $13. The second, another $5. I’m thankful that I checked and that I was willing to go back and have the error corrected. Since I budget $150 to feed our household of 9 each week, that $18 would have taken a big bite out of our grocery money.

It pays to read your receipt and be willing to speak up. Often times, people are too timid. But as I joked with one checker, “I will not go down without a fight!” We have got to exercise our rights as consumers. We need to be wise and we need to make sure that we tell our money where to go [6]. It will save us money in the long run.

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