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August 18th, 2004

Keep Your Receipts

So here’s a question: how long do you keep receipts?

My standard policy used to be, say, until I felt like getting rid of them. But after a massive reorganization, I’m keeping them for a year. That got me to thinking, though… do I really need a parking receipt from March? How about when I got a bagel in May? It might be overkill.

Is one year too short a time? It might be nice to look up what groceries I bought in April of 2003….

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Kate
DATE: Wednesday August 18, 2004 -- 12:45:09 am
I keep the receipt until I get to the next garbage can.

(Well, unless it was a major purchase; then I keep it until I get rid of / replace whatever the thing is.)

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday August 18, 2004 -- 3:01:11 am
I keep a receipt until I know I won't return the thing in question; until I play the CD or DVD, or until I've had the new monitor for a few months. If the receipt isn't for something of that nature, out it goes. Unless they're being used to track ongoing expenses and build a budget, or for taxes, receipts aren't worth the time and space to organize.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Wednesday August 18, 2004 -- 10:14:23 am
I keep most receipts but I have a system, see. ;)

Perishables go in the trash. You've eaten the bagel, no need to keep the receipt. Online purchases (and there's a lot): keep. Things over a couple hundred dollars: keep. Clothes: keep, trash after a year or so.

And...that's about it. If I buy something on the cheap (a broom at tar-jay, etc.), I usually trash it after a month or so. If something does go wrong...I'm not likely to trek out there and exchange (I'll just try to jerry-rig it). And you can't get your money back after 14 days anyway. ;

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday August 18, 2004 -- 1:28:37 pm
You throw receipts away?

FROM: Sara
DATE: Saturday August 21, 2004 -- 12:06:41 am
I keep all receipts from purchases made with either a debit or credit card, usually for a year. Anything I bought with cash can be tossed out as soon as I'm sure I'm keeping the item.

DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 5:12:47 pm
I just throw them into my wallet with the money and empty it out every once in awhiel

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