Life cereal was on sale for $2, and we found a $1 off coupon inside one box.  So tonight, Jonathan bought a box of cereal with his own dollar bill.  We all walked to the store together. Jonathan found the cereal aisle by himself and saw where the cereal was, but had Daddy reach up to the high shelf.  Then he waited in the express lane, put his box and his coupon on the counter, and paid with his dollar.  He was especially happy to get his own receipt.

Jonathan with cereal and receipt


Posted by Heather Daley on May 14, 2008, 8:01 pm | Read 3152 times
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Very cool, Jonathan!

Posted by SursumCorda on May 14, 2008, 9:05 pm

Ya know, if you'd only teach your kids to eat high-sugar cereal with cartoon characters, the boxes would be within easy reach. ;)

Posted by SursumCorda on May 15, 2008, 8:42 am

My first thought was "what about tax?" But then I remembered that Pittsburgh (or PA?) doesn't charge tax on food like VA. I think ours is lower for some food items (2.5%) than other sales tax, but it's always confusing to calculate, because some items are taxed at 2.5% and some at 5%.

Posted by Erica on May 15, 2008, 9:54 am

Yes, I thought of that too, but Heather has apparently figured out the mysteries of why some things are taxed, and some aren't.

Posted by jondaley on May 15, 2008, 10:59 am

That's cute Daley. Just wait a few years and he will be paying with his first shiny new credit card and throwing the receipts into the nearest trash can.

We have all been down that road though ;)

Posted by Andy on May 15, 2008, 8:05 pm

Oh, no, Andy! If our parents taught us how to wisely use credit cards (yes, really they did!), we certainly can teach our children. If you knew my dad, you'd know it's nearly sacrilege to throw away a receipt before it has been duly entered and reconciled.

Posted by joyful on May 16, 2008, 8:01 am

and shredded (hopefully)

Posted by dstb on May 16, 2008, 9:05 pm

Most of the stores around here don't print the whole credit card number on the receipts anymore. One time a couple of years ago, the local grocery store's computers had a glitch for a day or so when they did print it. Then the cashiers made a big deal about telling people, even highlighting the number with a big red circle! The point was so that people would remember to shred it, but I can easily see how it could just draw attention to a thief.

Posted by joyful on May 17, 2008, 7:59 am

Where I live most stores don't print a receipt unless the purchase is above $20.00

An yes, joyful, money was precious in our household, and my values kicked in and I learned really quickly how to manage my income, especially when that first rent check was due.

I am 28 now, those days are long past, but taught hard and tough, freedom is still a new splurge for young adults.

Posted by Andy on May 17, 2008, 9:24 pm

May I ask where you are from? At least which country? I don't known any store that doesn't print receipts, except -- sometimes -- small roadside stands....

Posted by SursumCorda on May 18, 2008, 11:56 am

I live in Wisconsin, US. Some do, some don't, however you always have the option of asking for one when it is not offered.

Major retail stores usually print receipts for accountability, and protection.

The first time I was told that under $20, they didn't automatically print a receipt when asked, I was quite shocked, to be honest.

It is usually a quick "receipt please", they do it fast, and I can have proof of purchase for any particular reason.

Or could this be based on your credit score at the CC company??? I have seen inconstancies at places I frequent.

Posted by Andy on May 19, 2008, 12:07 am

I've noticed that some places (Rite Aid for example) don't ask you to sign for a transaction under $10, but they always give me a receipt. And my credit score is very high (remember my parents taught me well.)

Posted by joyful on May 19, 2008, 8:22 am

I always ask for a receipt, but their are times when I am in a hurry and don't even think about it.

Hmmm, I wonder then why these couple of places, chains, I frequent offer do not automatically give you a receipt. What allows them that option, and if this is an option of the credit card (Vista, MC..), that almost no one utilizes. Understandably so.

I go out of town, and this never is forgotten.

Posted by Andy on May 21, 2008, 7:12 am
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