How To: Organize Your Receipts

How To: Organize Your Receipts

Gregory Han
Jun 5, 2009
Alongside being any everyday contributor to Apartment Therapy Los Angeles and hammering away as drummer for local band Kissing Cousins, our Beth Zeigler also happens to be owner of her own personal organizing company, BNeato. She's our go-to girl for home and life organizing tips, and here she is with a video tip for getting that trash dump pile of receipts in order...

Beth explains some simple steps to get your receipt collection in order:

Having a simple way to handle receipts will save you tons of time (and money).

  1. Just say no. Grocery store receipts are rarely needed so just say no at the check out line and decline the receipt.
  2. If you use your credit/debit card at Target, they're able to pull up your receipt (so again--you can feel confident declining the receipt at the register).
  3. Have a place for your receipts to go in your purse or wallet. Go through them when you get home and transfer them to an active storage spot.
  4. Your active storage spot might be a small drawer or an accordion file folder. Each week (or as often as needed) go through your active file spot and recycle or shred receipts that you no longer need.
  5. If you're going to hang onto your receipts long-term, think about scanning them in. Most receipts are printed on thermal paper (which fades over time). Plus, the IRS prefers scanned in paperwork (which means less clutter)!
  6. Fijitsu SnapScan and Neat Receipts are great products to invest in for scanning paperwork.

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