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Save Hundreds of Dollars by Doing One Simple Thing

Little mistakes can cost your Katy family hundreds each year!

Yesterday I went to the grocery store for my weekly shopping trip.  I piled the cart with fruits, vegetables, cereal, milk, bread, and the necessary ingredients for a week’s worth of meals.   As I unloaded my grocery cart and watched the cost add up, I was shocked!  My total came to $188.64.  Reluctantly, I scanned my credit card and signed my name on the credit-card machine.  I couldn’t believe how much I was spending on groceries!  I knew the cost would go up as my children grew, but boy, the cost never ceased to amaze me!

As the cashier thanked me and handed me my receipt, I took 30 seconds to scan the receipt before leaving the store.  I caught the mistake immediately.  Rather than ringing me up for one honey dew melon, the cashier had accidentally rung up 12 honey dew melons.  My mouth dropped as I realized that the cost of twelve honey dew melons had cost me, the buyer, $35.26.  I immediately pointed out the mistake to the cashier, and apologetically, he refunded me the cost of the eleven honey dew melons I hadn’t purchased.   I left the store, grateful I had taken 30 seconds to scan my receipt!  It had saved me over thirty dollars!

Over the past few months, there have been numerous times that I have “saved” myself money by simply checking my sales receipt.  One time, I stocked up on a certain kind of cereal that was on sale.  Cereal is a staple in our home, and I love finding a bargain!  Anyway, upon checking out, I was charged the regular price on all ten boxes of cereal.  The caught mistake saved me $15!  Another time, I was charged the wrong price per pound on grapes.   That, I discovered, saved me $5!  A couple weeks ago, I found I had been charged for several items someone else had left on the belt, saving me $23!

My examples of money saved in simply checking my sales receipt are endless.  I have never been good at clipping coupons, or driving to various stores to find the cheapest food.  But, I am now committed to always checking my receipt.  Just think!  With all of that saved money, maybe I can go on a vacation!  You can too!  Just try it!  How do you save money at the grocery store?  Post a comment below.