Check Your Till Receipts!

I’m guilty of it! I’m pretty certain most of us are! Putting the till receipt straight into my wallet without looking at it and when that gets too full, putting it through the shredder. I’ve realised recently that that simple act of neglect has probably cost me tens if not hundreds of pounds over the years.

I believe one of the reasons supermarkets are able to declare such huge profits time and again is because they regularly over charge their customers. From personal experience, both Tesco and Sainsbury’s are guilty of this.  Some might be honest mistakes but I’ve found that they’re not always in a hurry to correct those mistakes.

Tesco scanned a twin pack as 2 individual items, adding an extra £6+ to the bill. I hope this was a genuine mistake by the till operator. Still, it happens. Can you, hand on heart, say that it’s never happened to you?

Meanwhile, for a time in November 2010, Sainsbury’s programmed their tills to charge customers the price per kilo of their Hot Smoked Mackerel Fillets rather than the pack price. This mistake was probably made by head office but it added an extra £5+ to everyone’s food shop. Anyone care to take a guess at how many people that affected?  How much pure profit do you reckon Sainsbury’s have made from that “error”.  When I phoned the local store about it, the guy just wasn’t that interested; I had to tell him which product it was. He never asked!

Most of us use loyalty cards these days so they know where we live; They send us enough junk mail. It was a few weeks before I was next in the shop but in the meantime, Sainsbury’s didn’t write to me to say they’d over charged me.  Has anyone else been contacted?

In the run up to the holiday season, with everyone buying silly amounts of everything, I reckon that most till receipts will easily run into three figures.  I’d highly recommend checking that what’s on your till receipt accurately reflects what’s in your trolley going out the shop door.

On the other hand, there is also a chance that, at some point or other, you’ve been under charged.  It is possible!

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There’ll be Music and Flowers

Finally!!!  The music for both the ceremony and the reception is decided.

A friend of ours is a music teacher but she also plays in a string quartet and so we’ve asked them to play at the ceremony.  We’ve listened to those wedding music CDs I mentioned before.  For me, it’s not so much about demanding certain pieces; more about the pieces I don’t want.  I’ve told Vicky that she’d better not be too late, leaving me to listen to some obscure playlist.

For the evening reception, we’ve booked The Bedroom Orchestra (aka Tristan Mackay).  He’s a regular busker in Leeds city centre and there are loads of clips of him doing just that on YouTube.  I will admit to being a little dubious about whether, as a one man band, he could create the party atmosphere we want at the reception but after speaking to him on the phone, that fear quickly went away.  We decided against Three Men and a Bass in the end.  There were just too many instances of them not getting back in touch for long periods of time; they didn’t seem to want or care about the booking enough.  If it was going to be this hard getting in touch with them this long before the wedding, how hard was it going to be in the weeks and days in the run up to the big event?

We recently got a text message from our florist; she’s had her baby and all’s well.  We also got her quote along with the ideas she has for the various floral arrangements.  They look really good!  Having said that, there’s a discussion going on about what kind of button-hole I’m going to wear.  I’m told that traditionally, it should be a heather but I’m struggling to find out if that’s true.  Anyone got any reference points for me?

The best man now knows he’s wearing a kilt and is not nearly put out enough for my liking.  He’s still promising a speech to top all wedding speeches.  Apparently, his wife is vetting them and has ruled out three versions to-date.