I just wrote a piece for the soon-to-launch “Little PINK Book” newsletter (part of PINK magazine).  Unless you’re already supremely organized, you may find it useful.tab_cov_img

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As spring approaches, thoughts turn to shorter hemlines and outdoor lunches. (So long, mercilessly dry skin! Hello, sunscreen!)

Almost as quickly, though, another feeling surfaces and this one isn’t all sunshine-and-happiness. Because isn’t spring also tax season? And weren’t you planning to come up with a better way to organize receipts by now, only you never did?

Paper receipts still litter the bottom of your bag, like the lining in some mama bird’s nest.

Solution: Turn to one of these nifty services for cataloging, organizing and accessing receipts.

  • Shove them in an envelope and mail to Shoeboxed.com. The service scans your receipts, then allows you to securely search for them online by store name, date, total and so on. Cost: Beginning at $9.95 monthly. Another service, Pixily.com, is similar. Cost: Beginning at $14.95 monthly.
  • Scan your own receipts with a NeatReceipts scanner and software. Bonus? It lets you divvy up purchases according to IRS tax codes. Cost: $199
  • Want the fast and dirty (and free) solution? The Evernote application lets you snap photos of receipts then automatically synchronizes them to your desktop. Text within photos becomes searchable, so you can find and view what you need later.

With a better plan for organizing receipts, you may find that spring in your step after all.

(Photo from Shoeboxed.com)

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