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Three Tips for Organizing Your Receipts and Expenses Online

As we spend money we inevitably collect a messy paper trail of bills, transactions and receipts.

Consequently, keeping your receipts orderly and wallet clean is a never ending challenge.

If you're looking to organize your finances you should check out some of the online services that help keep track of your spending and receipts. The options vary per service but a combination of any program with your old school "receipt box" (or the bottom of your purse) can help you better manage your spending and keep track of where your money is going every month. For the simplest ways to get started,

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  1. Check Out Your Bank's Options: Most of the banks that offer robust online banking programs feature a system for tracking all your accounts and spending. They usually record and break down every ATM transaction and check you send out and help you analyze how much you are spending and saving monthly. The best programs help you itemize your expenses into separate categories like food, clothing, bills, living etc.
  2. Track Your Online and Offline Purchases: Shoeboxed is a free online service that can automatically track and organize your online and offline purchases. When you make online purchases, you give the company your "@shoeboxed.com" e-mail address and stores will send receipts and e-mails directly to your Shoeboxed account.
  3. Try Sites Designed to Track Spending: Sites like Mint, Wesabe and Spending Profile offer services to track your spending and watch your budget. The programs are all varied and detailed so you can customize them to manage your money in a way that makes sense for you. Due to their popularity, these sites are constantly offering updated versions of themselves, but some people are hesitant about keeping all of their financial information in one online location.
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finance finance 6 years
i keep track of my each and every expense and budgeting with Perfios, a completely web based Personal Fiance tool, that too its free…no hidden charges involved… try it out – http://www.perfios.com
morgan-smith morgan-smith 7 years
I have used mint,yodlee in the past but was not fully satisfied by their performance.Then I came to know about manageME.I am using it from the last few months and I am fully delighted after using its services.moreover the best part I like about them is that they take good care of their consumer feedback. As a result they are coming with manageME7 with a lot more enhanced features.You may check at www.manageme7.com and also get benefit from the referral schemes.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Oooh, I'm months late to this party, but the fact that the very first thing Mint asked me for was my login to my online banking gave me a sinking feeling in my stomach. Sure, they have reasons for it - but to ask for personal information right off the bat without explaining privacy policies or anything like that? It made me a little nervous.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
I love Mint since I've discovered it! It's easy and piecharts make me happy. There's very little I have to recatagorize and it's super easy which makes it much more likely I'll continue to use it.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 8 years
I'm Getting on this ASAP!!
Row-D Row-D 8 years
I've been using Mint for 1/2 year now and I like it. Except it reads some things strangely and hence makes it hard to figure out where to categorize.
esperanza189 esperanza189 8 years
Girls (and guys!), just wanted to give a quick shout out to Shoeboxed! My friend from college is the CEO and it is a GREAT company--definitely check it out :) And if you're on Yahoo Buzz it!! I love shoeboxed :)
okgogo okgogo 8 years
Shoeboxed really is great though, glad to see you talking about it on savvy sugar. You really don't have to keep up with any of the paper. you just mail in all those receipt and they show up online. Even the spreadsheets generate themselves.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
One key difference between Wesabe and Quicken is a maniacal obsession with security and privacy. You can download data from up to twelve credit card, bank and other financial accounts. Your account credentials are never stored on Wesabe’s servers, though. You either download the data to your personal computer and then upload to Wesabe, or store your account credentials in an encrypted format on a small piece of Wesabe software on your computer. The result is that hackers can’t access your account credentials by breaking into Wesabe’s servers. Wesabe has also spent a lot of time making it as easy as possible to leave the service. You can easily export your data and, more importantly, delete it directly from the Wesabe servers.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
One key difference between Wesabe and Quicken is a maniacal obsession with security and privacy. You can download data from up to twelve credit card, bank and other financial accounts. Your account credentials are never stored on Wesabe’s servers, though. You either download the data to your personal computer and then upload to Wesabe, or store your account credentials in an encrypted format on a small piece of Wesabe software on your computer. The result is that hackers can’t access your account credentials by breaking into Wesabe’s servers. Wesabe has also spent a lot of time making it as easy as possible to leave the service. You can easily export your data and, more importantly, delete it directly from the Wesabe servers. http://www.newsweek.com/id/33027 http://lifehacker.com/software/money/wesabe-makes-saving-money-social-215287.php http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118177906703834565.html
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Wesabe is my favorite, if your curious just read the reviews: http://www.wesabe.com/page/news
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always stay active with things like this for a couple weeks, and then stop being accountable so i'm not sure it's for me..but it's a great idea.
GinaSnyder GinaSnyder 8 years
You girls have really inspired me to kick it up a notch and stay on top of this stuff! Thanks!
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
Awesome job, girls! I am inspired to make sure I am more aware of how I spend and how I should budget!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 8 years
Ditto! Very impressive!
emalove emalove 8 years
EXTREMELY impressive, I agree!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Tidal, you have inspired me!
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 8 years
Wow TidalWave! Thank you so much! I hope to be as organized as you someday - write an organizing book. I'm soooo impressed! Is there any good link I can download these from? Yours are so pretty! and FYI, today is the first time discovering Google docs. I think I'm in love ;-)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Oh and for anyone who uses Remember The Milk, I just make a daily recurring task that says "Update budget". :)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Okay: I published some samples of my two budget sheets. If you want to get the edited-able versions, you can pm me with your email address and i can share them via google docs. Simple Budget: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pGWTTUK8IAKrkysCvwGOweA This consists of three categories: Income, Fixed Expenses and Variable Expenses. Then I simply add up the expenses, subtract from income and figure out how much I should have left. Since i include a savings category, I try to keep my "leftover" close to 0. I also use rules to color the text - so if my "actual" is below my budget, it will be in green font, if it is over then it will be in red. This way I can quickly look at my budget to see what I need to adjust for the next month. Then I am going to try to add everything up and keep tabs yearly. I just revamped this in April that is why there are only a few months on there. Expenses: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pGWTTUK8IAKqAHJBMRAs6UQ This is where I keep track of my "variable" expenses. Like gas and food and entertainment. Then I manually put the totals in my budget. I also have a sheet to keep track of my bill schedule so I never have to worry about a late payment. And then the last sheet is to keep track of things I want, like really want. I find that reminding myself of the things I really want, make me less apt to make a "meh" purchase. heh. So basically every day I just go through my bank transactions and update these two sheets, or if I pay a bill, I update the sheets. It really doesn't take much time and I can access both spread sheets from anywhere, so convenience is key. And you do not have to worry about privacy at all.
scotte scotte 8 years
I think the hardest part is staying consistent. Even if you find a great online program to track your expenses and receipts, you still need to be consistent and follow through. I've tried using just cash and no credit cards and it's tough. My Amex card tracks my spending categories and I can upload to quickbooks or even an excel file. But staying consistent is really tough.
meena1677 meena1677 8 years
This was on my to-do list today! I just used mint to figure out all my bills for the next month! Also, just realized that since we installed a tankless water heater in our home, our gas and electric bill is about 1/2 what it was last month! [Of course I don't let my hubby turn on the heat anymore!] :) Yay for savings!
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 8 years
Same here TidalWave. I'm super impressed.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
TidalWave, your google doc sounds perfect for what I need, I would love to see it! It also seems the most realistic for keeping up.
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