I bought a scanner and am scanning everything that I think I might need later on. I shred the papers so I don't have boxes full of old paperwork. I keep 3 copies, one on my computer, 1 on a backup drive, and one in cyberspace (Carbonite.com). I can always print it later if I need to.
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It's really hard for me to throw away paperwork - always afraid I'll need it. I'm using a free pdf maker program on my pc and scanning documents, filling them on a portable hard drive, and then shredding the paperwork. Periodically I backup onto DVD's. I also recycle the shredded paperwork to get it out of the house.
I wouldn't shred IRS, contracts, etc. until they are out of date (with IRS I err on side of longevity just in case).
It not only frees up space but it's a good feeling to watch all that stuff leave. Whenever possible I use electronic billing so that I'm getting less in the mail.
Canadians - Learn about the Scanning Code of Practice
If the item you are purchasing had one price on the shelf and scans into the cash register at a different price you can point out that it is a violation of the Scanning Code of Practice. The retailer either has to give you the item for free, if it costs less than $10, or give you $10 off the item. Search for "Scanning Code of Practice" on-line to learn all the details. It helps keep stores honest if you're a smart consumer and aware of things like this.
Went to buy a backpack for my DD from a big retailer. The tag said $16.99 but there was a big sign at the display that said $12.00. I thought $16.99 was a bit much but I could handle $12. It went through the register at $16.99 so I went through a supervisor and SM and got it for $6.99.
I've done a couple things that have really helped me. I have made my own breakfast sandwiches using slender rounds, egg whites, a tsp of shredded cheese and 1 shredded 60% less fat turkey sausage. I have also shredded all beef hotdogs [extra lean] into brown rice and a scrambled egg white. YUM!
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