I’m working on a series to chronicle how I achieve a Paperless Home and the first project is Receipts, woot!
4. For the receipts I want to save temporarily, I have a physical inbox: One of my grocery stores often makes price mistakes so I take those receipts and look them over. I also keep the few shopping receipts I get until I know I’m keeping the item or the return date has passed. These receipts go into a physical inbox that is empty except for the few paper items that come into our home each week. I try to empty it every Sunday.
+ And since it’s holiday time, to simplify Christmas receipts, I put all gift receipts in one envelope and toss it at the end of January.
5. For the paper receipt(s) I want to save permanently, I have a folder, one folder: This is really just relevant to my engagement ring. I keep the original receipt with the other few pieces of important paperwork in the house like the deed to the house, title to the car, etc. They are all in one folder and will probably go to a safe deposit box soon.
+ Remember, this is what works best for me and has helped our home stay paperless. You might need a different system, especially for taxes or business receipts, so please ask your accountant if you're unsure!