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Do you file your receipts in date order or alphabetical order of store names?

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2015mom Tue 13-Dec-16 22:38:03

Do you file your receipts in date order or alphabetical order of store names?

Reality16 Tue 13-Dec-16 22:40:21

I don't file receipts, is that a common thing to do?

sighbynight Tue 13-Dec-16 22:40:42

Most receipts: In the bottom of my handbag, until I throw them out.

White goods and large purchases: in a large drop file marked Household.

AgentProvocateur Tue 13-Dec-16 22:41:04

I don't keep receipts, unless the product has a guarantee. In which case, I put it in the "receipt drawer", which has no order to it.

fabulousfun Tue 13-Dec-16 22:41:06

shockI file mine in the bin! God I hope I'm not the only one!

Alorsmum Tue 13-Dec-16 22:41:07

Erm I file them all shoved in a plastic bag and I don't think I've ever found one when I needed one

2015mom Tue 13-Dec-16 22:42:22

Well I want to be organised because receipts are scattered around the house or my bag and then I spend so much time looking for certain receipts and always think if I file them away then should be easier to find them lol

Well maybe even that will take a while to find Hahahaha

I want to organise them but didn't know whether to do in date order or name order lol

Alorsmum Tue 13-Dec-16 22:42:40

And obviously only for thins that might have a guarantee. Not once have I ever made use of a shop
guarantee successfully so I think the bin may be the better place

Mind you our boiler broke down 3 days within the guarantee but by the time I found the paperwork it was out of date so maybe I need a new system

DustyMaiden Tue 13-Dec-16 22:43:31

I staple them to the user guide for large purchases. Put them in a box in no particular order otherwise.

ShelaghTurner Tue 13-Dec-16 22:43:32

I file them in the bottom of my bag and when their number interferes with me finding my purse I chuck them all out. Usually whilst waiting outside the school.

2015mom Tue 13-Dec-16 22:43:41


WhoKnowsWhereTheT1meG0es Tue 13-Dec-16 22:43:50

I only keep those for things I might possibly need to return, they get shoved in a section of a concertina file along with all other paperwork. When I can no longer close it I move anything I still need to keep to a box file of receipts snd guarantees. When that gets full after about 5 years I have another clearout.

2015mom Tue 13-Dec-16 22:45:22

Good idea stapling large purchases to user guide because usually you pull the two out together

Bobochic Tue 13-Dec-16 22:45:54

I have wooden filing boxes by type of purchase (e.g. Kitchen appliances). Receipts for items go in the box for the type of purchase.

acornsandnuts Tue 13-Dec-16 22:46:20

I hand a carrier bag full over to my accountant once a year. He loves me wink

reindeerbitesback Tue 13-Dec-16 23:31:10

I do mine in date order, but if you're likely to forget the date you bought something do it alphabetically!

PetalMettle Tue 13-Dec-16 23:33:01

I only keep them for guarantee stuff and they get filed in date order with the guarantee of whatever product it is. I don't own a stapler at home 🙈

2015mom Wed 14-Dec-16 07:19:20

Thanks everybody very useful

TroysMammy Wed 14-Dec-16 07:25:10

I have a red envelope in a kitchen drawer for receipts for items with guarantees. It has never occurred to me until now of a filing system. Date order I think because when the guarantee has ended you can throw them out.

I was going to do my ironing this afternoon but now have a more important job to do. grin

weaselwords Wed 14-Dec-16 07:28:53

Date order, as that's the way they go in.

CuckooCuckooClock Wed 14-Dec-16 07:29:30

Mine are roughly in date order. Shop name would be better I think - might do that from now on.
Dh is the king of receipt filing and he just said that you should have a relational database so you can cross reference between shop and date for maximum efficiency.
He's a real catch.

Marmelised Wed 14-Dec-16 07:33:53

I have 3 a4 plastic envelope wallets. Each has a label with the year on - so currently 2014, 2015, 2016.
During the year all receipts are stuffed in there. At the end of this year I will empty out 2014 (no guarantees longer than 2 years usually), cross out where it says 2014, write in 2017 and start the process again. Works for me.

pklme Wed 14-Dec-16 07:58:53

Lots of receipts don't get kept at all, especially now there is an online paper trail, credit card statement etc.

What I keep goes in a box file, so the recent ones are on the top. You just rifle down toward the bottom for older things. If I pass anything I no longer have (broken radios etc) I fish it out and bin it.

2015mom Wed 14-Dec-16 20:32:31

Thanks everybody very useful tips

opinionatedfreak Wed 14-Dec-16 21:22:14

An envelope for each account.

Throw out the ones I don't need to keep when I check the statements each month (food etc.)

Attach the ones I do want to keep - household appliances primarily or other stuff with a guarantee to the instructions. I then file those in my instruction box in the filing cabinet.

I used to keep the receipts/ instruction separately but recently failed to find the receipt for something which was broken but still within warranty. Retailer/manufacturer wouldn't repair it as I didn't have the receipt onmy the instructions.....I have now changed my system.

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