Keeping Good Records is Important to Your Financial Well-Being

 by: Michael Saunders

In order to save money, budget for the unknown, and keep from going into debit, you'll have a very difficult time knowing what to estimate for these expenses if you don't keep good records. Record-keeping may be one of duller ways to spend a rainy Saturday, but it really pays big dividends when you need quick access to important financial information.

Personally speaking, I'm pleased to be able to say that I can find the receipt for any purchase - no matter how small - for the last year and bigger ones for much longer. This practice may not be the most of fun of activities, but I am organized. Having a good system that works for you for keeping records such as policies, receipts, and such can save time, money, and frustration.

How can you accomplish this feat? I'll tell you: Any way you want. A number of perfectly good record-keeping methods and products are available, so pick one you like - or choose parts of various ones and put them together. Here are a few guidelines to offer:

1. Keep all your stuff in the same place or general area, such as a desk, cabinet, or closet.

2. Have some way of breaking down the information by subject: bank statements separate from investment statements, credit card statements separate from utility bills, and so on.  (continued...)
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About The Author

Michael Saunders has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He edits a site on Credit Repair and Debt Consolidation and is president of Information Organizers, LLC.

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