No, I Don’t Need a Receipt OR a Bag!

Receipts automatically spit out everywhere…from the corner gas station to the big-name department store in the mall. Typically, people use receipts to keep track of expenses, to record them in their checkbook registers, or to return items to the store where they were purchased. But why are these slips of paper suddenly mandatory? Of course I’ll take a receipt if I’m purchasing a TV or some sort of clothing item that’s capable of being returned, but why do I HAVE to take a receipt for the $20 worth of gas or the bottle of Pepsi that I bought last week?

Here’s my problem: I’m a chronic clutterbug as it is, and receipts only add to my messiness. I frequently clean out my purse and get rid of unwanted items, and guess what litters my space more than anything else? You guessed it – those damn little pieces of paper! Unnecessary receipts end up stuffed at the bottom of my purse or crumpled on the floor of my car, never to be viewed again. I’m happy that receipts are optional at some of the stores I frequent, but I wish they were optional everywhere.

I assumed that people would be a bit more conscious of the waste they generate since the dawn of the HUGE “Go Green” movement, but I guess I was wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with receipts, and I don’t think they should be banished or anything like that; I just feel that they should be OPTIONAL. I used to work for a financial institution, so I completely understand how important it is to document your expenses and enter them into your register on a regular basis (those overdraft fees are never pretty). But to me, it’s just as easy to immediately record the amounts I spend as it is to cram a bunch of receipts into my billfold to record when I get home.

Go ahead and call me a tree-hugger or a lunatic, but I also speak up when cashiers automatically put my 2 or 3 items into a plastic bag. I carried that bottle of shampoo and box of allergy pills around the store, so therefore I’m more than capable of carrying them out to my car and into my house without a bag. You wouldn’t believe how many people look at me like I’m nuts when I refuse a bag! I have more plastic bags than I know what to do with already and I’ve taken a liking to bringing my promotional tote bags with me everywhere I go, just for that purpose. My reusable shopping totes are stronger anyway, and I don’t have to worry about them breaking and spilling my groceries all over the parking lot! If you don’t have any imprinted grocery bags of your own, then there’s nothing wrong with reusing those plastic bags you’ve accumulated from stores instead of just throwing them away or recycling them.

Do you hate sifting through dozens of old gas and restaurant receipts as much as I do? Do you agree or disagree with my logic? I’d love to read your comments, so write away! In the meantime, if you need any promotional products whatsoever, then take a look at the Quality Logo Products website for some inspiration…there’s even an option to chat live with one of our customer service representatives! We’ll always answer any questions you may have, so you can also contact us by email (, by phone (866-312-5646), or through our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Thanks for reading the QLP blog!

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Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.


  1. Alissa Matskin

    What can I say, this is a very nice website!

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