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At most of our local stores, the cashiers keep a card at the checkout counter. I think it may be mostly for people who forget their own card, but I've found that if I'm honest & just say I'd like the same discounts without having to register, they run that card through.


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Most checkout systems will allow you to enter a phone number, in lieu of presenting an actual physical card. While you can guess at a number by using famous numbers like 867-5309 or 555-5555 with a local area code, I find a much more reliable method is to use my smartphone to look up the phone number of the store at which I'm shopping. Since most stores ...


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I visit Las Vegas once a year and sure enough never remember to prior year's card. So I just go up to the service desk and ask for a new card and say "I'll fill in the form later and bring the form back next time as I'm in a rush now". Always been given a card and it always works. Never returned a form and even the prior year's cards work when I remember to ...


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Scan the receipt with a computer scanner, or even photograph it in a very even light with a cell phone, then use image editing software to enhance the contrast of the image. With this workflow, I have personally recovered images from photographic film that were invisible to the naked eye.


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Simple technique to test natural fibers like cotton and silk against synthetic. Find a thread of the cloth sticking out and using a lighter, burn the end. If it burns to ashes, its is natural. If on the other hand it 'melts', it is plastic (polyester, acrylic, etc). It would probably be best to remove a thread and take it outside the store to a windless ...


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There are many ways, though in some cases it depends on the store policy and/or their staff. You can just ask for a card, without saying anything about agreeing to fill out the form. I have done this many times, and unless it's a credit card, Radio Shack, an actual membership with a fee like Costco, or a department store or something, I have never (at ...


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I had the same problem, a ton of reusable bags at home and none with me at the store when I needed. So I got one of those foldable bags that come inside a tiny pocket of sorts (whose purpose is just to keep it folded). The bag when folded reduces to about the size of a cigarette pack more or less, but unfolded is big enough for an impromptu shopping. And ...


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Keeping a track of inventory is a tough job. One way to not over stock is to check the cupboards before going to buy groceries. Splitting expenses is easy. Me and my team at office use an amazing app called Splitwise. The app shows how much you have spend and how much do other members owe to you. (Note : I'm not related to splitwise in any way, except for ...


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I have seen several web pages mention that you can restore a faded receipt by applying heat to the back of the receipt, such as by using a hair dryer or holding it up to a light bulb. However, looking at some Youtube videos (such as this), this technique will not restore the receipt to how it was originally. Instead it will have the inverse effect - the ...


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Obviously, this is not a direct answer to the question asked... but an outside the box alternative. I don't know if this is the same world-wide, however, in the UK at least - a physical paper receipt is not a legal requirement in order to return goods. All that is required is proof of purchase. This could be a bank or credit card statement containing ...


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Something I've been doing for 30 years... Plan your menus weekly, so you know pretty much what you'll be eating each day, & therefore its components. Plan on eating things with the shortest use-by dates early & the longest dates later in the week. Check what you have in storage - cupboard/fridge/freezer & list what's missing; we use AnyList for ...


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Simple way to deal with the cupboard inventory: if you use something and there isn't enough to last until the shopping trip after next, write it on a list (kept in a designated location -- a magnetic pad on the fridge works well, if there's a pen attached). Take the list on each shopping trip. Your method of splitting costs is a pretty good one; another is ...


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Here are my personal favourites: eBay (in countries where it's big like U.S. and Germany) is a rich source of weird items. For example, I got cut-off pieces of titanium tubes, or mixed lots of A2 an A4 type stainless steel nuts and bolts at ca. 6 USD/kg. There are people specializing in selling cut-offs of wood / metal / plastic bars / plates / tubes etc.. ...


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Just put a big stack of the used bags in your car so you can't leave home to go shopping without them. If you forget to bring one into the store with you, run back to the car and grab one, as suggested by BrettFromLA.


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I had the same problem. Always forgetting the bags, at home or in the car. Reading your question and the answers here a week ago, gave me an idea that works for me. Joy mentioned bags that's wrapped in their own pocket. That's exactly the kind of bags I have. I connected the bag to my car keys. With no keys, I won't get anywhere. So now I don't forget the ...


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I always carry a rucksack with me, wherever I go. So if I need to remember to get something with me occasionally, I put it either in the rucksack directly, or on top of it. Since the rucksack also holds the keys, I cannot forget the rucksack. For a while I even carried a strong big reusable bag in the rucksack (all the time), especially when I had to live ...


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An alternative that will remove the problem, if the service is available in your country, would be to consider leveraging a home delivery service. In some countries supermarkets offer ordering online, product picking and home delivery costs a fraction of the true world cost of you taking hours out of your life to sit in traffic/wander the store looking for ...


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Instead of shopping bags, let me introduce you to my replacement solution: The Bin Unlike with shopping bags, you can carry all of your groceries in one trip! I just throw everything into the bin and then carry it inside the house. This also saves time in the parking lot, because you can just carry the bin instead of wheeling a cart out and putting it away ...


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I would add: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "RE-STORE" outlets. Excellent prices, and the proceeds support the charity.


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I avoid the problem: I bring my own reusable bags when I go shopping, and I decline any bags offered by shop personnel.


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I've found that using them to line smaller bins works, as well as holding wet clothes in a bag is a great use to prevent them from going into the environment! Depending on which country you're in too, some stores might also be able to recycle them through a dedicated program - for example, in Australia, we have the RedCycle Program.


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Here's an answer that I would downvote if I could: ask the reviewer to install a specific sound level meter app that you also have. The problem with this is that Android devices can be quite different from each other, and the same app can give wildly different readings. Right now in my quiet room, the Sound Meter app reads 27 db on my Galaxy S7 Edge, but 43 (...


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While researching this matter, I found a useful tool, Fakespot. It analyzes reviews and offers a trustworthiness grade (A-F) based on a "company grade", looking for reviews that mention a product exchange for reviews, and other review aspects like: ✓ Reviewer account looks to be generated by automation ✓ Correlation with other fake reviewers' profile ...


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Check the number of customer ratings, and the percentage of positive ratings for the seller. If the seller has a low number of ratings, or a less-than-great percentage of positive ratings (Amazon warns FBA sellers if their positive rating is less than 96%), then there is less certainty that they might have issues including copycat products. Of course, some ...


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At a number of stores I've gotten them from, if you simply say that you are in a hurry and will fill out the application later, they will scan it and let you go on your merry way. Then, just load that into an app on your phone (I use KeyRing too) and forget the physical card. That is how the cards are that many stores use at the registers. They often ...


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