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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    Wondering if there's a more efficient way to keep my paperwork organised.. I do have a filing cabinet but then when I look in there I think "why on earth do I need to keep ANY paperwork or bills?"

    My mum has always kept every. Single. Bill/receipt/manual etc for 7 years so I guess because of the way she is, I'm not sure what I actually HAVE to keep (in regards to tax purposes etc)

    So, what do you file? What do you you bin? How long do you keep it once you've filed it?

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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    Bills go in the bin once they have been paid. They say you should keep them for 1 year but we don't.
    Currently we file EVERYTHING in relation to the construction of our new house. As well as anything we can claim on tax.

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    Default Re: Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    Quote Originally Posted by RunawayPrincess View Post
    Bills go in the bin once they have been paid. They say you should keep them for 1 year but we don't.
    Currently we file EVERYTHING in relation to the construction of our new house. As well as anything we can claim on tax.
    Do you keep bank statements for tax? To show interest earned? I have so many band statements I don't know what to do with them!

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    My filing cabinet has all bills, rates, insurance, medical receipts and the kids blue books/birth certificates, warranties and receipts for big ticket items, instruction manuals, vet information, Tax, some quotes and important clippings.

    The bills usually get a sort through when I go through it to sort out our tax stuff each year and get tossed.

    Most of our bank statements come online now, and so does our phone and internet statement/invoice.

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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    I keep pretty much EVERYTHING, after applying for a visa to stay in Australia years ago and having to provide all kinds of stuff like party invitations phone records and travel tickets I was convinced to file/keep all kinds of paperwork.
    I have one small filing cabinet which is current, I have monthly files where I put bills and receipts (yes I keep receipts). Then I have a warranties file where I keep any warranties for things I have that I might need to access quickly, I have a medical file and a documents file where I have birth certificates passports and so on. At the end of the year I file by bill type in another filing cabinet then the year after it all goes in a big folder for storage. I like to keep the previous year handy so I can go back and check if I need to.

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    Default Re: Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    I'd like to know this to cos we have so much crap in our filling cabinet.I recently went thru it and didn't actually throw out all that much. Stuff upon stuff upon stuff and the only time you will ever need it is approximately 24 hours after you throw it out!

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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    Do you keep bank statements for tax? To show interest earned? I have so many band statements I don't know what to do with them!
    I don't receive bank statements, I get them emailed to me.

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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    I have everything saved on a USB, and have another one as a back up. Get as many bills, statements online or emailed so I can save straight to USB. Anything in the mail gets paid then scanned and saved, original shredded

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    Mmmm scanning, computers, usb... I think that sound make things harder for me, not easier. But thanks heaps for the idea :-)

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    Default Which paperwork/bills do you keep/file?

    Bills go in the bin once they're paid. I don't pay in cash, so have records of it.


 

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