Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Always Double Check Your Grocery Receipt


Whether you do your grocery shopping at Zehrs, Sobeys, Food Basics, No Frills or Costco you must get into the habit of double checking the receipt. There are several reasons that this is a good habit to get into.

1) The cashier usually makes mistakes. Double scanning things is quite common, especially if there is a long line-up of customers. When the cashier is under pressure he/she is more likely to make some kind of mistake (ironically this is the worst time to bring up the mistake since the people behind you will probably want to break your neck as you complain about the cashier not accepting your 50 cent coupon).

2) The prices don't match. This just happened to me the other day. The price marked on the shelf for the cereal I was purchasing was a certain price, but at the cash it was about a dollar more. This is a common mistake that can be made by the grocery clerks that scan the barcodes.

3) The wrong product code. The cashier may enter the wrong product code for the produce that you're purchasing. It is likely that all the tomatoes look a like and he/she just types in the same code for anything red and round. The cashier may enter in a produce item that is not the sale item you intended to purchase or a more expensive but similar looking produce item.

Always get in the habit of checking the receipt and make sure that you are paying for what's in your cart!

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