Originally Posted by macro
I keep them and take them home as a reminder to deduct that amount of money from the checkbook register. When I got my first debit card almost twenty years ago, I made the mistake of failing to properly keep up with how much I was withdrawing. Funds were tight in those days, and I overdrew on six checks. They hit me up for $90. Lesson learned.
I also take the receipts for the comfort of knowing that the system actually recorded the correct withdrawal amount. Am I being paranoid or at least overly cautious?
Ah, I guess growing up in the electronic age, I never was forced to actually keep my checkbook balanced. I actually don't write checks for anything other than my rent and utilities, everything else goes on my debit card. (no credit cards for me).
I'm live pretty frugally and have a decent nest egg I've building up. I keep more than enough to pay my bills and entertain (I'm a cheap date) and I check my balance regularly so I'm conscious of about how much I have. I couldn't take enough money out of the ATM at one time for it to be a problem. A receipt is a just another piece of trash in my wallet.