Personal Money Management Tips in Three Hours or Less
Follow these four steps to take control of your financial life in just a few hours.
Cut the Clutter
Invest a few hours in getting rid of the financial detritus that’s filling your filing cabinet, and you’ll take a psychic load off your shoulders, says therapist Debbie Stanley, author of Organize Your Home in No Time ($17, amazon.com).
The Only Stuff You Need to Keep
Document: Tax returns
How long to keep: Forever
Document: Tax backup (receipts, W-2s, statements, etc.)
How long to keep: Six years (the IRS has up to this amount of time to audit returns)
Document: Year-end investment statements
How long to keep: Until six years after you sell, for proof of gains and losses for taxes
Document: Pay stubs
How long to keep: Until you get your W-2 in January
Document: Receipts for home improvements
How long to keep: Until six years after you sell the home, for tax purposes
Document: Receipts for big-ticket purchases
How long to keep: As long as you own the item, for warranty and insurance claims
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