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#1 Dinggus

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:19

I have a huge binder full of organized bill statements from utilities to old monthly rent/mortgages.

Majority of my bills are e-statements, besides utilities statements. I have alot from 2009 until now and I moved into my second home, so I figured I should be safe to shred these without regret.


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:34

Normally until I move house and find draws and cupboards full of them

#3 cork1958

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:41

I keep them until I pay them then trash them!! In other words, the day I put the bill in the mailbox or where ever, the rest of it is trashed.

Why hang on to all that garbage?

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:43

I keep them until I pay them then trash them!! In other words, the day I put the bill in the mailbox or where ever, the rest of it is trashed.

Why hang on to all that garbage?


I was under the impression you're suppose to.

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I went out and bought a filing box to organize everything since the binder is to full and busting open.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:20

Probably for a year or so.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:21

I too toss mine when I pay them.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:24

I scan them in to my database to hold on to forever.

#8 Pam14160

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:29

Since there all paid on line through my bank account I can see no reason anymore to maintain a filing cabinet fule of paper. . . :)

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:31

Why hang on to all that garbage?


Because I don't have a shredder and I cba to keep tearing/cutting up bills into tiny pieces across certain lines of personal text I don't want tatters finding in my bins

Easier to put them in a draw for a few months/year then burn them all at once

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:13

I scan them in to my database to hold on to forever.


Do you use just a regular scanner or that Neat Receipt machine?

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I was under the impression we need to hang on to the statements for like 7 years.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:16

What comes as paper gets turned into a PDF with this device.



It gets added to the same bills directory with all of my other PDF's that I download of the net. I plan on keeping them forever. They also get backed up 12 ways til Sunday! LOL.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:17

i've never kept them, whats the purpose of keeping something you've already paid? it's not even proof you paid it, just proof you owed it. my bank account retains all the proof i might ever need that it was actually paid.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:19

Is there a reason to keep them forever? What if your computer crashes or gets hacked?

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:20

However long it takes me to walk from my letterbox to the trash can.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:24

Is there a reason to keep them forever? What if your computer crashes


Backup much? :laugh: