Good Question: Receipt Organizing Software?

Good Question: Receipt Organizing Software?

Nov 7, 2007

Dear AT:HT, I'm currently setting up a home office and have a technology dilemma. I need a multifunction printer, for obvious reasons, but would also like to begin to use receipt scanning to manage my paper clutter.

Must I buy a printer/scanner and a receipt scanning device? Is there any way to use standard scanning with receipt scanning software? Anyone have any suggestions for a great multifunction printer and/or receipt scanning software/device? Thanks so much for your help!



It isn't necessary to buy a seperate scanner for receipts, you can use the one integrated with your printer. However, whether or not this is the best answer for you depends on what you're looking to do with the receipts after they're scanned.

You can scan receipts with the software that comes with the scanner, and save it as a jpg, or a pdf if you have Adobe Acrobat. The title of the file can then tell you what the receipt is for.

If you're looking for software to give you detailed information or to be able to sort receipts based on type of purchase and dollar amounts, you could look into a program like Quicken 2007, which allows you to import a couple of different file types and tie them with your money management. Keep in mind that this review from CNET states that Intuit cleaned up a bunch of the issues that caused poor reviews when it was first reviewed, so it's a much better option. You can get a copy from a 3rd party seller on Amazon for as little as $30.

We don't know have any personal exposure to it, but Unclutterer recommends DevonThink for general scanning organizing--not sure how well it works with receipts, but again, it's what you want to do with it after it's scanned that affects your options.

As for receipt device/scanner, the Fujitsu ScanSnap also comes highly recommended by Unclutterer and Jeri, of Jeri's Organizing and Decluttering News.

AT readers, what has worked for you when it comes to scanning and organizing your receipts?

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