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How long should I keep papers?

I recently moved and closed out a few old accounts (cable, electric, water, phone, etc). I usually did online payments with these companies, but still have my last bills (paper). How long should I keep those?


Asked by serioussifL at 8:05 AM on Nov. 23, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • If you paid with a credit card or your bank account then you can toss them as long as the transaction has gone through. The transaction will be on your statement and its easier to get those statements then to have to scramble around looking for old bills.

    Answer by vjoaquin at 4:41 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • I keep them for a long time 5 years or so or even more, if you have the space do it, if not throw them out after 5 years.

    Answer by older at 8:09 AM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • At least five years.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 2:13 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • Six months? There is really no reason to keep them, you have record of your payments through your on-line biller. If there were any questions you could refer to those. If they bill you for something, it's going to be on the same billing cycle as it's always been.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:12 AM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • just a year

    Answer by rebeccadac at 8:29 AM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • I keep those things about a year. Anything on my credit report I keep 5 years.

    Answer by at 9:21 AM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • I keep all receipts, etc. for 5 years - I close out each year and mark the box with the year notation.

    Answer by tasches at 2:40 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

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