What is your attitude towards receipts – that piece of paper you get after making a payment in a shop?
Up until about a year I paid for almost everything on a card. I therefore accumulated large amounts of receipts. With a cash payment, you may feel you need one to prove you have paid for the product, but if you have used a card you also need it to check against the bank/credit card statement, which in turn means hanging onto these bits of paper for a week, a month. Or if you are not systematic about it, like me, you might have bags of them going back years.
Having determined to do something about this clutter, as I find these receipts they are going in the compost bin, so I do not feel they are a complete waste. However, now that my day-to-day purchases are usually made in cash, I am shocked by how many pieces of paper my payment habits used to generate.
For one thing, not only did I need to keep all receipts for longer – not just the ones for products with guarantees and such like – but I was often given two receipts when making a purchase: a shop receipt AND a card receipt. In contrast, these days, I often don’t take a receipt at all (e.g. if I am in a local shop where I am known). Not only does this reduce the number of trees needed (I hope) but I end up with less of this:
© Helen Butt, February 2014