How long have I been saving those receipts I receive when using my credit or eftpos cards? Ever since plastic cards have been around, so a good while.
My first card was a BankCard, a bank credit card, with only a five hundred dollar limit. Now I think one of a few I have has a $26,000 limit. The less credit I use, the more the banks increase my limits. Pity they didn't when I needed them to.
Each month when the credit card or savings account statement arrives, I check the slips of paper off against the statement and also check my payslips off against the statements.
I have just stopped this month. I have never found an error in the bank's favour and perhaps two errors in my favour. Retailer loss there I think.
So when I am using an auto teller, I no longer request a receipt and I throw the slips from retailers away.
I will keep some as proof of purchase. I will keep them when I travel overseas. I will keep some to remove petrol vouchers. I will still carefully peruse my banks statements, but otherwise life will be just that tiny bit easier.
So am I the last person ever to save the little slips of paper and check them off against my bank statements?