Organize Your Receipts

Organize your receipts on paper and on computer so tax time's a breeze.

Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #31

Today's topic is organizing your receipts. The quick and dirty tip is to organize as they come in, taping receipts to sheets in a notebook, organized by expense type.

I'll bet 40% of our economy is devoted to nothing but tracking money. Lawyers, accountants, bookkeepers, banks, investment banks all just create and track money. Even your local drugstore has cash registers that track money. And you. They build a profile of you, sell it to faceless international special interest groups who "Know Who You Are" and use it for their own nefarious purposes...

But I digress. The store gives you paper coupons and receipts. Billions of trees have died for your $3.99+tax receipt for that must-have bottle of Boundless Color Midnight Magic black nail polish. (I always wanted to be a cool, nihilistic Goth Boy. Instead, I was just a computer geek. Bleh!)

And what do you do with this paper receipt? Eager to play your part, you dutifully crumple it up, stick it in your pocket, and take it home. Where it sits with piles of other receipts in a big shoebox hoping to be organized on April 14th so you can do your taxes. If you're in business, you do exactly the same thing, but you do it weekly and call it an expense report.

Transform your life! Control those receipts. Your corporate masters control you, it's the least you can do to reclaim your power.

First, let's stop with the shoebox full of crumpled ex-trees. Those trees were some other tree's little saplings once. They deserve respect.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.