I am an avid receipt-checker. People make mistakes all the time, and I would hate to fall victim to an overcharge. Taking the extra minute to scan your receipt can save you quite a bit of money.
Last weekend Mr. STS and I went to try out a new Japanese BBQ restaurant in town. At the end of our meal, our server dropped off our check. Sometimes, if we are in a hurry, Mr. STS will give the server his credit card without looking at the bill. Thankfully, we were in no rush that night.
Mr. STS took a glance at the check and gave me an odd look. Our total nearly doubled what we were expecting it to be! It turns out that we were given another table’s check. It was an honest mistake. However, we would be out $50 had we not been paying attention.
Another place I always check my receipts at is the grocery store. I can’t remember how many times I’ve caught a mistake on my receipt. An item that should be on sale doesn’t ring up the discounted price. Or the sensitive scanner rings up an item twice.
I slip up from time to time, so I expect the occasional human error at the checkout line. I’d rather catch the mistake right then and there than to have to go back to the store.
Do you check your receipts? If you do, how often do you find errors?