Ssh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m a bit of a hoarder. You know, Jam Jars, candles that I never light, chocolate bars in the salad box in the fridge and shopping receipts
“Shopping receipts?” I hear you ask
Yes, I keep all of them, I love them literally more than Chocolate!
Because they are proof of purchase, this means if you have to return anything, it’s proof of where, when and how you bought it, which makes the customer services job so much easier.
They are also great for keeping a spending diary.
What is spending diary?
It is a diary that you pin all your receipts into every day.
I started one many years ago and stapled my receipts to each page every day. I could then keep track of every penny I spent. So the habit of keeping track of my money has been with me for as long as I can remember.
Warning, there is no hiding place!!
And like my best friend it knows all my spending secrets. I mean every penny. No matter how large or small, so each coffee, lunch, snack, travel ticket, magazine etc. All the receipts are pinned securely in the diary. If it’s online, it’s written into the journal referencing the confirmation of purchase.
Suddenly impulse buys are highlighted, it could help you to budget more effectively because quite honestly, there is no hiding. Every penny is accounted for.
Statement Reconciliation made simple
If you paid by contactless, credit card or cheque, you can check against your bank statement. Making sure the appropriate amount of money is taken from your account.
You can also use the receipts to check your credit card statement.
Yep, that’s right, check your credit card statement to make sure your account has been charged correctly. Let’s face it if it’s not your purchase. Why should you pay and maybe even be charged interested on your outstanding balance?
Give it a try, it might help.
It’s really straightforward.
- Find the date and the amount on your statement.
- Then match up your receipts to it with the date and amount.
- If it’s a paper statement, tick off the matching numbers on the statement, if you can’t find one, move on to the next one.
- If your statement is digital, tick the receipt when you find a matching payment on your account.
- When you’ve finished, whatever is left unticked, you can query with the company.
Use the tools that suit you
There are many apps out there you could use instead of a diary, but quite honestly, I would still like to use a physical journal.
In my experience, after a while, you may not need the diary. Keeping track of your spending becomes a habit, so reconciling statements becomes easier.
It’s called a Statement Reconciliation in the finance world, and I have reconciled hundreds, of statements over the years as part of my job. To make sure I’m not overpaying the bills.
It’s like everything, practice makes perfect.
Give it a try; it might help. Let me know if it does; your feedback is always appreciated.
There are 19 weeks until Christmas day and 18 weeks to save up and spend on pressies. If you start to save £9.99 now, in 18 weeks, you will have £179.82 saved
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