Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thoughts On...Receipts

I think paper receipts are so wasteful! I truly don't understand why I need a receipt for my $2 iced tea from Dunkin' Donuts. Am I going to bring it back? That said, I do get the importance of receipts. It proves that you paid for something in case there is a problem. I think all companies, persons, etc. who distribute receipts should enter the modern day and start doing it electronically. I'm very appreciative of companies like Starbucks, Anthropolgie, and Gap who ask if you'd like a receipt (Anthro and Gap will email it). I'm sure there are others adopting this practice, although some who ask if you want the receipt are just trashing it themselves.

One day, while I was huffing and puffing to myself about the absurdity of paper receipts, an idea hit me. What if you had a scan card like the ones on your keychain for grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. that could electronically store all your receipts? So I jumped on Google and did some searching. What do you know, the idea is already taken. My Receipt Card is a patent-pending product that I think is an amazing idea! Every time you'd make a purchase, the merchant would scan your Receipt Card which would store it electronically for your future needs.

Not only does it perform this miraculous task, but according to the website it: maintains purchase expenditure reports and exports them to software of your choice; provides charts and graphs displaying your purchases; helps compare costs at various stores; alerts you about coupons and sales you may be interested in based on your history of purchases; and electronically files and maintains rebates, product registration, and warranties.

I promise I'm not being paid to endorse this product or anything like that, I just think it's a fabulous idea! Think of all the paper waste that could be eliminated! Also, if you're curious about how much you're spending monthly on clothes, food, etc., this little card can tell you. Although it's not an actual product yet, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be soon! What do you think? Useful or not?


  1. Cool Idea but there are a lot of different cash registers in the world and getting it to work with all of them might be kind of tricky

    1. It would be just like all the cards you use at the grocery store, drugstore, etc. It's simply scanning a bar code that stores the information...