Many consumers are quick to toss out their receipts once they bring their purchases home. After all, those receipts are just little bits of garbage taking up space in your wallet or purse. But unless you've paid with a credit card, throwing out or misplacing your receipts is a bad idea. That's because without those pesky pieces of paper, there's no legitimate record of your purchases, which leaves you with much less recourse in the event something you buy is damaged or defective. A better bet is to retain copies of your receipts, and if you're worried they'll somehow go missing, snap photos of them and store that evidence electronically. That way, you'll have a leg to stand on if you wind up needing or wanting your money back.