Going Paperless: What do you scan and toss?

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Going Paperless: What do you scan and toss?
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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 11:56am

I admit that I am a paper hoarder. I always feel like I need "proof" so I hold on to a lot. But two years ago I won the portable Neat scanner off a blog. I LOVE it. The software is great as it recognizes a lot off of what you're scanning in (receipts, bills, insurance) so it takes away a lot of the manual entry stuff. Now just recently I bought a new printer and we splurged on the fax model because it has the auto-feeder on it for scanning (worth the extra $30 in my eyes). So I've been scanning like a fool!

Here's my question though - do you scan and toss the original paper (of course not official things you'd need like marriage license, etc.)?

I can't seem to break the habit.

And on a similar note, what do you scan? Do you scan everything? Do you scan bills before you mail them (if you do)? Some bills I still like to mail a check to (like copays for lab work) so I have absolute proof.

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 4:03pm

Janet — the exact same thing happened to me, and I do the same thing now!!

I am really bad with old photos. I need to get them scanned in. I actually bought a specific machine for it! This one: Kodak P460. I had happened upon it while looking through the Target electronics clearance endcap. I paid $35 for it. Not so much for the photo scanning, but more for the negative scanning. I have tons and tons of negatives that it would be great to see what they are (rather than holding them up to the light! LOL).

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Sat, 04-06-2013 - 4:06pm

Years ago when I had stuff to scan I think that Neat scanner would have been , well........NEAT....lol

Except for photos that I am scanning into the computer I find that I really only scan what I send in for a rebate.

Some years ago I had a $100 rebate due me and I checked the directions several times and was sure that I had everything in the envelope. Well since that was right before I even had a computer something like 1997 or so.....they wrote back and said that since I didn't have everything that they requested and that the time had run out (I had it in on time though) that I would not be getting my rebate. 

Well after I got a computer and had a rebate due me and if it was for more than $10 I taped everything to a piece of plain paper and copied it. And once in that time someone tried the same thing.....told me I hadn't sent the upc code or something. Well I just emailed them a copy of what I had sent in and that if I didn't get my rebate in a timely fashion ..........well let's just say that most people never get on my bad side so they don't know I can get tough when it comes to my money.

I got the rebate....lol....didn't have to send anything else in either..

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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 1:33pm

abby2011 wrote:
I only scan papers that are related to taxes, and I would still keep the hard copy for 2 to 3 years afterwards. I can't stand the build up though and tend to get rid of paper copies quickly. Bank statements I don't keep after scanning. I don't scan bills before I mail them, most payments I make online. My friend had a discussion on FB yesterday about manuals, have you ever though of scanning those? Just curious, how often do you back up your drive and do you also save it to offsite storage?

Hi Abby —

I don't scan my tax papers, funny enough. Although, my FIL is our CPA so he has all our paperwork as well.

I don't do manual back-ups, I have two drives that auto-backup continually. I also have a cloud storage service running automatically as well. For super important things (i.e., photos!!) I also back-up to blurays. :)

I haven't scanned manuals myself, but there are sites out there that have them scanned in already! One site I know I visited had the option of downloading it as a pdf. So I think before I scanned all of mine, I'd look to see if it's on there already. Less work. ;)

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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 12:01pm
I only scan papers that are related to taxes, and I would still keep the hard copy for 2 to 3 years afterwards. I can't stand the build up though and tend to get rid of paper copies quickly. Bank statements I don't keep after scanning. I don't scan bills before I mail them, most payments I make online. My friend had a discussion on FB yesterday about manuals, have you ever though of scanning those? Just curious, how often do you back up your drive and do you also save it to offsite storage?

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