Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Organize Receipts and Bills

This idea may be too simple for some of you more technical people, but it works very well for the technically-challenged me.:-)
I have always had trouble keeping receipts and bills organized, so I was thrilled when I came up with this idea to keep up with them.
I use a regular binder and put a page protector in for each month. I file the bills and receipts in the correct month and everything is in its place and easy to find. This was very helpful last week when I needed to return my shoes. It also came in handy today when I needed to compare several months electric bills. I knew exactly where to find them! (Compared to last year when I stuffed all receipts in a small plastic drawer together. The idea was that I would file them at the end of each month. Well, that never happened and I could never find anything!!)
This binder also keeps all my budget info and each months income/outgo sheets. I also have a separate section where I keep track of childcare income and expenses.
Hope this idea will be of help to someone! It has really worked for me.:-)


Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh my gosh - i SOOOOOO need to do this!!!


my tip is up too

Courtney said...

Great idea! I'll have to use it too!!

Nettie said...

Great idea! I could have really used that when I used to do in home child care. I was never good at keeping track of all that paperwork.

Anonymous said...

What a good idea! Thanks.

Jessica said...

I do this! I also use "Excel" on my computer and make a spreadsheet for the bills...it just helps me keep track of everything a bit more. It is a GREAT idea! :)

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Amy said...

Great idea- love having ideas for tackling the paper demons ;)

I have a tip up too ;)

Stephanie said...

I am in love with page protectors and this is one more way I can use them. Thank you!!!

Carol said...

And very space-efficient, too. Don't you think?

Love those binders!

Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

I love this idea. My hubby is a geek and loves to do all this on the computer. Problem is, I have to have the receipts for him to enter, so I need this!

mira said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm off to the office supply store later today anyway and will add this item to my list! Thanks!!