12. Keep Your Receipts
Do not throw away necessary receipts! Receipts are your ticket to getting money back. Stores will often have surveys on their receipts that are easy to complete. These surveys are often entries into shopping sprees, and some of them even have instant prizes! Many of the instant prizes are with restaurants and fast food – but you are still saving money! For something free, it is worth it to let the company know about your experience at their store. You may just be rewarded for this!
Also, receipts are your proof of purchase. You need to have your receipt if you need to return an item. Make sure you are checking what the return policy is at the stores you are shopping at, as well as the manufacturer’s warranty. Some stores will also sell extended warranties within the store. To be able to claim the extended warranty, you will need to have your original receipt. Even for manufacturer’s receipts, you will often need to show proof of purchase for their item. You can always take a picture of the receipt and keep it, or scan it and save it to a USB. Some apps will save necessary receipts for you. This saves you so much money as long as you remember to use the warranty and return policy when needed!