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Bills, file'em or chuck'em?

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Poll started 3 July 2006: Like clockwork your bank statement and credit card bills plop onto the doormat each month. But what do you do with them? Which of these is nearest to what you do?

a. Open immediately, check it's correct, then file in date order/shred
b. Open a few days later, scan, then add to the pile in the spare room
c. Sometimes open them and then chuck'em in a bag with others
d. Bin them

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  • MrT_5MrT_5 Forumite
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    I don't have credit card bills but bank statements can go into the drawer unopened sometimes. I could be getting ripped off for all I know and I bet there are thousands like me.
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  • b.

    half of my trouble is because I'm so disorganised. My study is a disaster area :rolleyes:
    de do-do-do, de dar-dar-dar ;)
  • My oh keeps telling me that I only need to keep them for 6 years not 16 :eek: :eek: :eek:
    It's easier to get forgiveness than to ask permission ;)
  • bridiejbridiej Forumite
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    I keep mine to refer back to when you get the next bill, just to make sure all is in order.

    Bank statements I keep anyway for my business accounts, but I do always look at them to make sure nothing is amiss. I've had a couple of occasions where DDs have been taken that shouldnt and got the money back. ;)

    I just pop in now and then.... :)
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  • stebizstebiz Forumite
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    Must admit that up until this year I threw them out. As from this year they are all scanned (most things actually even complaints letters, doctors appointments, invoices, wage slips etc) and filed on my pc and backed up elsewhere. Sad I know but I am slowly getting rid of all the clutter around the house.

    Regards
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  • $17mma$17mma Forumite
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    I keep everything for 6 yrs even accounts that are closed, should any queries crop up I have everything to hand.Better to be safe than sorry
    All it takes for evil to succeed is for a good man to do nothing!
  • iwanttosave_2iwanttosave_2 Forumite
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    I keep all mine, in an alphabitsed (SP) file :j Of which I am proud of :o

    I am really paraniod of forgetting to pat something so I make sure everything is not only in alphabetical order, but that they are all set so they run in order. And once they have been paid they get a big red X in the right hand corner and a date under it.
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  • stebiz wrote:
    Must admit that up until this year I threw them out. As from this year they are all scanned (most things actually even complaints letters, doctors appointments, invoices, wage slips etc) and filed on my pc and backed up elsewhere. Sad I know but I am slowly getting rid of all the clutter around the house.

    Regards
    Stebiz

    I've just started going that this week

    I hate clutter

    I have a MacBook Pro with an HP scanner (wireless link)

    I scan the bills to PDF, color, resolution of 200dpi

    (also - very important to back up to an external hard drive)
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  • Former_MSE_ArchnaFormer_MSE_Archna Former MSE
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    Poll Title: Poll started 3 July 2006: Like clockwork your bank statement and credit card bills plop onto the doormat each month. But what do you do with them? Which of these is nearest to what you do?

    a. Open immediately, check it's correct, then file in date order/shred
    63.5% (1599 Votes)
    b. Open a few days later, scan, then add to the pile in the spare room
    25.6% (645 Votes)
    c. Sometimes open them and then chuck'em in a bag with others
    8.2% (208 Votes)
    d. Bin them
    2.5% (63 Votes)

    Total Votes: 2515
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