When it comes to returning items to the store, I want it as painless as possible. No digging through drawers or the trash looking for receipts for me! And I definitely don’t want to end up procrastinating about returning it because I can’t find the receipt.
Here’s a system that I’ve used for years, and it’s simple enough to maintain. Take a few minutes upfront so you won’t have to waste time later. Since I’d rather get my money back than a store credit, I take those few minutes every time.
- Remove all tags from garment. I don’t want to strut out the door thinking I’m looking cute with a tag hanging somewhere so I remove everything when I’m reasonably “sure” I’ll keep it.
- Write a description of the garment and the purchase date on the tag. Write a description in your own words…something that would make perfect sense to you later when searching. (For example, I purchased a pair of beige strappy shoes when I was in Durham NC, and that’s exactly what I wrote on the tag.)
- Staple any tags together that you need to keep…per garment. Too many tags on a garment I just don’t get. I only keep the ones the store will probably want if the item is returned. I staple each set of tags in a different place they I know immediately which ones go together (because multiples items are listed on the receipt).
- Write matching identifiers on the main tag and the receipt. This is such a timesaver. I’ll write “A” on the front tag and the corresponding “A” on the receipt for that particular garment.
- Write the date and receipt number on the receipt. The ink on store receipts fade eventually so this is my backup.
- Staple the tags to the front of the receipt. Keep everything together with the tags in the front. That’ll make it easier to find the right one faster.
- Store in a logical place and keep everything together. One organizing solution is a receipt pack. Since I have different things itemized per receipt, keeping them by quarter works for me (Jan-Mar, etc.). Or keep everything together in a drawer with the most recent purchases on top.
That’s it. It’s always easy and quick when I decide to return something. Do you have a system you use? Hopefully, you’ll create one if you don’t.
P.S. Yes, I’ve tried that scanning thing, and I procrastinated. Although I’m a technology lover, this manual method works better for me.