Store receipts... how do you file them?

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FLSunshineMom's picture
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Store receipts... how do you file them?

I've been thinking lately, there just HAS to be a better way to file store receipts. I like to keep them in case I ever have to take something back (which does happen from time to time), and also so I can go back and look to see how much I spent that month if I want to and what exactly I spent it on.

1. What do you file your store receipts in? Also, do you file by store name, date, or something else?

2. How long do you keep them before you throw them out?

alwayssmile's picture
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My system is very organized. ROFL I have a small kitchen drawer that I throw them all in as soon as I get home. I go through it about once a month and throw away any receipts that I clearly don't need. See, highly organized. Wink

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I throw away anything I know I'm not going to return. Anyway, I throw it into the recycling, so if there's a grocery that is defective and needs to be returned, I can get the receipt if I need it. If I think I may need the receipt for a return, I will put it in a drawer in the office. I go through the drawer only when I need a receipt to return something.

I keep track of what I'm spending money on by using Quicken. That said, we do keep the receipts for one week in the envelope with the money for that week.

ange84's picture
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They get chucked in my wallet if I remember if not they are thrown away straight up. The only time I keep them is if I need to for reimbursment for something or if I may have to return something, but even then I don't keep them long.

FLSunshineMom's picture
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Alright now ladies, you aren't helping me! ROFL (Just kidding)

What I've been doing is keeping them in a regular size letter envelope on my office desk, in alphabetical order by store (all in one envelope). But the envelope gets fat after awhile, lol. Plus, when I put the groceries away in the kitchen, the receipts invariably wind up in a pile on the kitchen counter if I don't take it right way to file it in the envelope in the office. I guess it's just a matter of taking the time to walk them to the office to put them in the envelope!

But if anyone has a better suggestion, I'm all ears! I'm very convenience-oriented (or maybe it's called, "lazy"? :lol:), so the easier and quicker it would be to file them, the better!

ETA: I don't have an extra drawer in the kitchen to file them in, or I'd probably file them there!

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Why don't you keep an extra envelope in the kitchen just for grocery receipts? I wouldn't keep grocery receipts for more than a week, though. I think store receipts, you could keep one envelope for each month (rather than by store) and throw them out if you haven't needed them for 2 months. The only time you would need a receipt for longer is for a big ticket item with a long-term warranty (e.g. a sofa or refrigerator) or if you purchased an extended warranty for electronics. Those, you could put in an envelope marked "warranty" or something like that. (I am assuming you do not need to keep receipts for any special reason, such as self-employment expenses.)

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I put mine in white envelopes. I really need to start filing them again though. I rarely have to return anything, if it's food order I just throw those away after it clears in the bank account.

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