Best Method for Disposing of Receipts?

Should you shred or throw away receipts to places such as the grocery store, gas station, etc.?

By Liz


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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

If I pay with a credit or debit card, I keep them till I get the statement or I hang on to them if I think I might need to return an item. I just throw them away when I am done with them. They don't contain the entire credit/debit card number, just the last 4, so the information is of no use to anyone. Shred if you like but it's not necessary.

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

Some grocery stores that have the club cards print your full name on the receipt (Safeway). I always chop or shred those. I know it is just a name but if you have a bag of trash and are not vigilant I suppose they could glean enough info from you in total.


(Yep, I am paranoid. I shred just about everything with a name or address or number). Plus if the wind knocks over the garbage can like it does every week on collection day I don't want my name on the bag of my week's worth of "monthly" supplies. LOL.

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

I'm with Kaele. Even though it's probably not necessary, I tear up or shred everything. Someday I'll even manage to get my bag of shreds to the recycling center, lol!

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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

Reading this post just made me think of something since I have no paper shredder and it's a much faster way of getting rids of those unwanted bill receipts or, any kind of letters and documents you will no longer use. Mine were all packed and put away in a box that only takes up too much space for now.


So, I decided to put them into my smart chopper used for cutting up onions,plus, it saves on my garbage bill so, I don't have to change my trash as often and I even use it for "breakables" when sending out packages. I hope this give you a thought or two.

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