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How long do you keep bills etc for?

(11 Posts)
midastouch Thu 14-Mar-13 20:40:28

For a year, anything more than that would take up too much room!

ToTeachOrNotToTeach Thu 14-Mar-13 10:57:30

I thought we were supposed to go case inland revenue ever needed proof of something. I've got 3 years in my head. . . or if you need to challenge an energy supplier (we found out in one flat we were saying the wrong flats gas!)

We put regular bills into a box as they come, then when full date and put the box away. We've rarely needed to go through but also haven't had to meticulously file.

BeCool Thu 14-Mar-13 10:04:33

I've switched most bills to paperless now.
I used to keep for years but realised space is just too precious, so just one years worth, though I might scan anything I think is important to keep a record of.

Mummysaysno Thu 14-Mar-13 09:35:51

My DH would keep things forever...he came home after my clear out yesterday and broke out in a cold sweat seeing DHL envelopes I'd put in the bin...for him there is even a value in keeping the bill in the envelope....in a pile...next to another pile...

ItsAllTLAsToMe Thu 14-Mar-13 08:34:24

Oh no, I keep everything for ever. Imagine my house when I'm 90 grin.

I think what worries me is things like PPI claims as I imagine it would be easier if you have the paperwork. Saying that DH made a PPI claim without any, and it was all fine. Maybe I should re-consider...

VestaCurry Thu 14-Mar-13 02:21:32

3 years, but been switching over to paperless billing.

Mummysaysno Thu 14-Mar-13 02:20:29

Thanks all! At least no one said more than three years!

noisytoys Wed 13-Mar-13 14:00:16

Til bin day. I always have a bill dated in the last three moths for proof of address but don't see the need to keep them all

Willow36 Wed 13-Mar-13 13:53:18

I keep for six years but I'm not sure why - I don't tend to get any physical bills/statements anymore, they're all online. I'd imagine in the next few years, the pile of crap, I mean, paperwork, that constantly clutters my desk will disappear entirely.

tigerlilygrr Wed 13-Mar-13 13:46:31

Ooh I chuck them after a year. Any reason why I should keep them for longer?

Mummysaysno Wed 13-Mar-13 06:21:06

Been having a sort out...found lots of old utility bills/bank statements from 2008 which I binned. In my mind, I think keeping for three years is sensible...how long do other people keep bills for?

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