The Bonfire of the Receipts

Next please.

Need a receipt? Need two receipts? Three? Four? How about five? I have them right here in my wallet. Some might say I have an army surplus store of small purchase receipts. Others might say I have a pocket full of tiny garbage. Others still might say that we faked the moon landing and yogurt contains mind control properties. There are a lot of nutty people out there. All this aside, can we please get our receipt situation under control? There is nothing more useless and wasteful than a small purchase receipt. I would rather be handed a small wasps’ nest than receive a slip of paper that notes the time, date and name of the cashier who was there the day the Earth stood still when some guy with yellow hair bought a coffee with skim milk. I will concede that businesses must issue receipts for every transaction in order to keep an accurate sales record, but nowhere in the Law Book (the one that exists in my mind) does it say you can’t spice things up a bit. Instead of a boring old paper receipt, how about a miniature plaque commemorating your historic purchase? Wouldn’t it be cool if you received a trophy every time you ordered a latte? How about small pets, such as a frog or goldfish, to serve as a living momento to the $2 dollar investment you make every day in coffee futures (“futures” meaning immediate consumption). Temporary tattoos? Receipt stickers: you stick ‘em on your body like luggage labels on an old suitcase. “Oh, I see you’ve been to the coffee shop, grocery store and gas station today. Do these come off? No? Well…you look…great!”

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142 thoughts on “The Bonfire of the Receipts

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  2. SPOT ON. Recites only exist to annoy me by occupying more and more space in my wallet, or to make me feel mildly guilty when I throw them away… just in case I needed to return that $3 bag of cotton balls.

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    • Corp. may not save you much in taxes, especially if you are in CA. They can lglleay shield you from things (e.g., law suit that attacks your assets personally they would go after the corp unless they are able to pierce the corp. shield) because the corp is a separate person or entity. In CA we have a MINIMUM Franchise Tax of $800 per year for the privilege of doing business in the state of CA. Sickening isn’t it. We always have zero income and we still have to fork out the $800.Along with gas, travel, Internet, office expenses, you can deduct medical insurance stuff if you are an employee of the corp (employee benefits). However, that means that you are paying yourself with a paycheck and then you have payroll taxes to deal with. Many deductions can be done much easier through a Schedule C but then you have Self Employment tax of 15.3%Taxes ****!.

  5. Love the idea of trophies… my mantel is looking a bit bare. Otherwise the temporary tattoos would be hilarious! I’ve picked up some odd habits, and hoarding useless receipts is one of them. I’d much rather hoard goldfish.

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    • +6The Nexus 7 started sales in July so it’s only been 2-3 mohtns. Man I feel for those early adopters.I hope not but this same thing may happen to the Nexus 4 too. Google moves forward fast, and they love to burn bridges as they fly by. They don’t care about consumers. Never have, probably never will.Really hope those who recently bought the N7 can bring em back for an exchange.

      • Yeah – when I bought my iPod touch which is relegated to functioning purely as a music library player and an alarm clock, I was rather impressed at how they handled POS transactions. What I wasn’t too happy about was my card details being slung over a 3G network connection but I would hope some encryption took place.

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  6. You read my mind. I hate receipts. I love it and think it’s polite when the cashier asks you if you want the receipt. “NO!!! I do not! Thanks, though!” Or at least the store should provide a trash can right by the register. That’s considerate and give props to stores that do, like Smoothie King. I hate to have to leave with it and then of course, it makes its way in to the dark abiss, which is my purse :(

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    • As long as they are used for Genuine Business Purposes. It will be better if the buseinss had some income to show for too!. Just creating a corporation for tax shelter could land you in trouble with IRS. Also, remember corp will come with its own bills like franchise tax (in CA it is $800), city license fee (could be upto 100 to 200 depending on the city), filing 940/941 and quarterly wage statements !. BTW if you are filing taxes and looking for deals on tax prep services online, this is a must see -

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  8. Today I found a receipt with a necklace and bracelet that my mother bought me in 1997. In a way I’m kind of glad I kept it so I could remember when that was, and how much it costs…although now that I know that information, I admit it’s kind of useless. …I also got rid of 9 bags of trash from my house, so maybe this isn’t surprising…

  9. I keep receipts in my wallet until it can’t hold any more. At that point many of them have had the ink mostly rubbed off, so I reuse them as little scraps of paper to leave notes for my fiancée and roommates!

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    • Not likely to save anyihtng on taxes. If corp just shielding your normal job it is illegal. Still can’t cliam commuting to a W-2 style job. If you are self-employed corp pays taxes you pay taxes on the money you get from corp. You have given birth to another person if a hard C corp. No gain at all tax-wise yet a lot of paperwork fees.

  10. Maybe you should try making something out of those receipts. Like a flamethrower to burn all future receipts before the cashier can even hand them to you.

    Or, you know… Pretty origami flowers.

    • +2Yeah, this sucks for you early adopters.I think it was only on sale what July? August? Jeez brleay 2-3 months ago. You guys got burned by Google here. Especially if you can’t bring it back for an exchange.Hope Google steps up and offer some free apps or something.Pissing off your loyal Android fans? You’re doing it right, Google. :/

    • +2I’m saying this wtohiut owning one, but I really feel the Nexus 7 is the best tablet on the market at the moment. iPads are nice, but quite expensive for a nice to have’ technology. Before the Nexus 7came around I thought the Kindle Fire was the best on the market from a price/functionality standpoint.

  11. My wallet is also a repository of receipts. To keep things in balance I recommend handing an old receipt back to the cashier every time he hands you a new one. For the recalcitrant cashier you might want to slip it in along with the cash.

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  13. I can never bring myself to throw away receipts, just in case I ever get accused of stealing. My bedside table is basically just one giant receipt now.

  14. I’m a big fan of using receipts as chewed up gum wrappers. Let’s be honest, you couldn’t do that with a goldfish… However, I feel like there’s the potential for a hilarious illustration if you wanted to diagram it for me.

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