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Do You Check Grocery Receipts For Errors?

It's an automatic reaction to dissect receipts for more big-ticket items or when our shopping trips are limited to a few items. When we make serious grocery store runs, involving dozens of items, it might seem like more of a hassle to scan through the receipt for errors, and besides we watch every item as it properly scans, right?

Checking the receipt on the spot may be out of the question with the next person in line breathing down your neck, and once you leave the store it's difficult to prove that you've been charged for two of an item when you only walked out with one. Do you check your receipt for errors, or do you think it's a waste of time?


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Marci Marci 9 years
I always do, and find mistakes a lot. I've had items ring up at $1 - 2 more than they should. I'll take the time to get that money back. It's my hard earned money, why should I give it to them when they're mischarging me. I was going crazy one day because it seemed like my order total was about $10 more than it should have been. Sure enough, they had charged 7.99/lb for the olives I'd gotten instead of 4.99/lb. That's a BIG difference. You can't just trust them to do it right.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I always do. I also always check the register's display of when something I'm buying is being rung up. The other day at the grocery store, a $8.30 roast rang up as $83.00!!
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
Yes, every time. I buy a lot of organic, healthy foods - and they tend to be more pricier, so I want no errors. I check every receipt, for anything I buy.
bluebird bluebird 9 years
I try to use the self-checkout lanes at Kroger, and obsessively keep a tally on what the shelf said compared to what my receipt says at Wal-Mart. The stigma behind Wal-Mart makes me suspicious of even my friends that work there, how sad!
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I shop at Publix now too and they are usually very accurate. I watch the scanner as things go by and i too keep a running tally of the cost of items in my head, which helps because I'm usually only a dollar or two off at most and usually I over estimate the cost just to be safe rounding up on things close to the next dollar and such. We used to shop at Kroger because it's closer to where we live and it's open 24 hours a day. But after a while we noticed that almost every time we shopped we would watch our things go down the belt and be rung up on the screen and then when we got home some small item would be missing. Once it was a can of Lysol another time a jar of capers, nothing too large or expensive but still it bothered me and it's so hard to go back after you've left the store to try to get them to give you the item. Then my husband was reading one of his rss feeds a few weeks ago and the mystery was finally solved. Apparently we weren't the only ones who had this problem at Kroger stores and some guy decided to blog about what he found out. At the end of each conveyor belt before the groceries are put into the bags but after you've been charged for them there is a small trap door that I guess is supposed to be for belt maintenance but small items fall into that trap and land on a shelf underneath. The thing is that the cashiers are aware of this and apparently don't really do much to avoid it. So if you see something go into the trap door you can ask them to get it out and they will but they don't do anything if you don't notice.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I'm usually pretty attentive at the scanner, but I only check the receipt once in a while.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Sometimes - especially if it's for an item that's part of a deal/promotion and it doesn't show up.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
other: I dont check my end receipt but I do watch the register(display) during the checkout for certain items that are on sale...
katrinawrites katrinawrites 9 years
I live in a big apartment building, the closest supermarket is a mile away, and I don't like schlepping my stuff in a granny cart (How's that for a bazillion excuses?) so I use Giant's Peapod service, which delivers your groceries for a minimal fee. Once, I ordered a couple of items that didn't show up, and received a couple of items I didn't order that did, so I called the Peapod customer service number and they promptly refunded the amount from my credit card. I'm not sure if all my orders before that incident had everything I wanted, but from that time on, I made sure to check every line item on the delivery list.
Chloe08 Chloe08 9 years
I once tried to buy an onion that kept ringing up as $27.00. One onion. The checker rang it up like three times before I finally told her to forget about it. Obviously there was some kind of glitch in their computer and she couldn't figure out what was wrong. Luckily I was watching the checkout screen that day!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 9 years
i agree with many of you, i check the screen as the cashier rings me up.. sometimes the difference in sale prices is huge and speaking as a college student on a budget, every penny counts.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I once was charged for an entire crate of apricots when I only bought two. Luckily, I caught that error at the store!
lizs lizs 9 years
I'm another scan watcher - it's easier to catch the mistake live than to take your receipt to customer service.
nv27 nv27 9 years
I never check my receipts, but I do always check my credit card statements to make sure I havent been charged more than once or overcharged. I also make sure I've received any credits for returns and stuff like that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I shop at publix, and as they scan they have a computer screen so you can watch every item, and what it costs, and whats on sale. I pick up on tons of mistakes that way like the cashier thinking my avacados are bartlett pears, or that my poblano peppers are green peppers, i have caught them ringing things twice.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
I also watch the screen for the price as they scan the items. I've avoided paying $8 for grapes and $6 for a cauliflower this way before. For small runs I use the self-check out lanes but I've had trouble with those ringing up random items twice or having the wrong produce prices listed. If only I could teach my husband to watch the prices as he shops...
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I don't think I've ever checked my receipts! I will now, though...
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Oh goodness. I'm so short on time, that usually, weighing the savings I *might* get from scanning my receipt against how much time and hassle it'd take - losing the potential savings usually wins out. I watch things as they're scanned, plus I keep a mental total in my head as I'm shopping, so if they don't add up, I might consider double checking my receipt. So far it hasn't happened, though.
vouninou vouninou 9 years
At my grocery scan, we have self-scan cashiers so I always use them and check the prices while scanning my items ... so if I scan it twice or enter the wrong code for fruits or vegetables, that's my mistake. If there's a problem with a price or a code ... there's still a clerk to correct it, so that's really up to me to pay the right price for my grocery.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
No, but I do watch each item as it is scanned.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I do this every time I shop. I have found several errors on grocery receipts. Once a clerk entered the produce code for off season blueberries for my onions. I had been charged $4.98/lb as opposed to $.99/lb. Needless to say it is good that I checked. Luckily today, most grocery store scanners have screens you can watch as they scan and I pay attention to these too. Mistakes happen but do not want to be out money for them.
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