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Friday, May 30, 2008

Reasons To Save Receipts For Years and Years



"Caution is the eldest child of wisdom."
-Victor Hugo

Of late we have had some trouble with our ten year old Honda. Mercifully, a good friend just inspected it for us and adjusted a few things but there were a number of elements he recommended we get the professionals to attend to.
That said, he was the most professional mechanic we have met in a good long while and he was very kind to spend time with us and our beloved car.
So, on returning from our trip to Maine, we decided to take the car to Sears Automotive Centre and to have somebody examine the vehicle.
It turned out that Spouse went to Sears many moons ago in California. They gave him a lifetime warranty with that service.
Spouse kept that receipt pristine and perfect in the glove compartment of the car for seven years- not because he thought he would need it but out of a cautious suspicion that one cannot be too careful.
It has been scanned and preserved as have many of our important documents. Not only did the activity of scanning and shredding free up some living space for us but it offered us a security in knowing that everything essential was safely stored on our computer. Sadly our scanner terminated its own employment some weeks ago and put a temporary end to the flow of scanning.
Yesterday evening that document was produced with a flourish, much to the astonishment of the mechanic at Sears, and it directly saved us more than two hundred dollars.
With that money, no doubt we will now proceed to invest in a new scanner.

4 comments:

mouse (aka kimy) said...

we always save receipts, but the issue always is where did we put them! kudos to you for knowing where the needed receipt was! saving money is always a very good thing!

TheElementary said...

Kimy, I know how that feels. We've gotten much better at knowing where things are. Or aren't: Ten minutes ago Spouse asked me if I knew where something was that we'd last seen in our house in Texas. He spent five minutes looking and knew it wasn't there, only because in the last year we'd cleaned up so much. There are no hiding places left ;)
That means that I have no place to squirrel away chocolate, though ;)

polona said...

i wish i were that systematic but alas...
great the receipt saved you expenses :)

TheElementary said...

Polona, we've only been this systematic in recent months. It's not been easy and we're not finished yet! But getting there.

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