Organize Your Holiday Receipts

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2010

How many gifts have you purchased this holiday season?

I’m guessing some of you are already finished with your holiday shopping, while others don’t even realize that Christmas is only 25 days away!

Wherever you fall in that spectrum, you are bound to end up with a pile of receipts that will probably turn into a jumbled mess at the bottom of your purse, in your car, in an array of shopping bags, or in the trash.

Then when it’s time to return one of your gifts {which you KNOW always happens when you can’t find the receipt} you’re out of luck now that many stores have implemented more ridged return policies.

Sound familiar?

Well, believe it or not, I have a really SIMPLE way of organizing my receipts each holiday season…

Pay Attention, this is Intense!

1. I group the receipts by person, staple them together, and write the person’s name on top.

2.  I often write a quick description of the items on top as well — this saves lots of time searching for the “right receipts” when I have a bunch to look through.

3. I keep all my receipts in a small fabric “folder” or envelop in my purse. Then when I’m at the store, I know I’ll always have the right one with me.

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I actually keep two of these folders in my purse; one for receipts and one for all the store coupons.

See, it REALLY is simple!

I’ve been using this “envelope method” for years and it continues to work for me…

Give it a try this year!

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  2. Mallory

    11/30/2010

    I love your fabric envelopes. Did you make them or buy them?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Mallory,
    I knew someone was going to ask this question! I actually got them from a garage sale about 3 years ago…so I’m sure this doesn’t help you at all!
    In the past, I’ve also used plain white envelopes, plastic baggies, or small zippered pouches; so whatever you can find will probably work.

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  3. Sasha

    11/30/2010

    I have this problem EVERY year…too many receipts and I can’t keep track of them.

    This is such a simple concept, I’m sure that even I can manage this!

    Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes Sasha, I’m sure you can manage this simple system!! Good luck keeping things organized this year!

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  4. Sherry

    12/01/2010

    Definitely need to do something like this! SO much easier than my non-organization of them stuffed and jumbled together. Ugh!

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  5. Crystal

    01/08/2011

    This is a great idea! I’m going to have to try it!!

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  6. Tiffani

    12/13/2012

    Andrea~ Thanks for the simple and helpful tip on organizing my receipts. During this time of year I feel like my wallet is going to explode! This is such a great idea I think I will do it all year long!

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