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Save, Shred, or Toss: What to Do with Your Receipts in Naples

A person holding a receipt over their open wallet.We’ve all been there: after purchasing something small like a cup of coffee or a pack of gum, you accept the receipt that’s being offered by the cashier even though you know it’s just going to the pile next to your loose change. In all likelihood, this receipt will never be examined again before you finally throw it away months later.

A receipt for a small purchase that will likely never be contested isn’t all that important to keep for your records. However, the information present on that receipt could pose a threat to you if the receipt falls out of your hands without being destroyed. 

Plus, for more significant purchases, you may need the receipt one day to complete a return or exchange.

Questions to Ask Before Getting Rid of Old Receipts

As you’re determining which old receipts you should destroy, which ones you should keep, and where you should keep them, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you make any permanent decisions.

Will I Need to Return an Item?

If there’s any possible chance that you might need to return the item that your receipt reflects, you should keep your receipt in a safe place where it won’t get lost. Your receipt will also be critical if you’re looking to exchange the item for something else or for store credit.

Does the Receipt Contain Personal Information?

If you paid for an item in cash, the receipt you receive is unlikely to show much personal information that could link the purchase to you. However, if you pay with a credit or debit card, your receipt will likely have your name and even some of the digits of your card number.

If you know you won’t need a receipt like this in the future for any reason, it’s important to shred it so that your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Will I Need to Prove Purchase?

In some cases, you’ll need to prove the purchase of a certain service or item in order to qualify for special deals at a business. In a situation like this, you’ll definitely need your receipt handy.

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