Many of us are facing rising grocery prices and decreasing budgets. There are many ways to face these challenges, many of which my fellow writers here at Women Not Dabbling In Normal have tackled. We’ve covered things like stretching our food into further meals, canning, gardening, leftovers, and much more. But before using leftovers or canning store bought produce, one big thing you can do to reduce your grocery bills happens before you even leave the grocery store. Check your receipts, go through them with a fine tooth comb.
The simple act of checking your receipts can save you small and large amounts of money. Let’s face stores, people, and computers make mistakes and its our responsibility to make sure those mistakes aren’t taking money from our pockets. While checking the actual receipt is important, we have to pay attention to everything we put in our carts.
Keeping a price book and bringing it with us to the grocery store is a great way to keep up on prices and keep a running tally of the total bill. It’s a good idea to remember prices if you can, but if you can’t use a calculator to help you figure out what you’ll owe when you check out. Pay attention to and write down those prices to make sure you get the sale price of items you buy. Sale prices must be updated in the grocery store’s computer system, sometimes they get missed and you’ll be charged full price.
If you are able to follow along as your items are scanned, be sure to tell the checker of any price differences for immediate correction. Sometimes that can be a little difficult because of the speed at which many of those scanners move, so be sure to check the receipt before you leave the store. This is important, check the receipt before leaving the store. For example, I once was charged for buying four roasts when in actuality I only purchased two, if I had left the store the courtesy clerk would not have been likely to believe me and refund the money. Again, check the receipt before you leave the store. Note any price differences, doubles, etc. and bring it to the attention of the customer service desk. Just yesterday I purchased some colored decorating sugar which had been on sale since Wednesday and was charged the full price. For 3 days people had been buying the colored sugar at full price and not noticing being charged 30 cents more per bottle than the sign advertised. It’s much easier and saves time and money to check the receipts before leaving the store and getting your refund, than having to go back if you check your receipt when you get home.
It is our responsibilty to make sure our money is spent in a way that we anticipate and there’s no shame in requesting a refund for as little as 30 cents. Its worth my time and energy to make every penny bleed in order to save money and stretch our budget and I encourage everyone to do the same. Check those receipts before you leave every store not just the grocery store and be sure to make your money work hard for you.