How to Organize Receipts

How to Organize Receipts

By Erin Huffstetler | 01/26/2015 | 9 Comments
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Receipts – sometimes you have to hang on to them, but they sure do make a mess. Piling up on your desk, at the bottom of your purse, on the kitchen counter. Giving you something else to sort through and keep track of. Giving you more clutter to conquer.

If you’re fighting the same battle in your home, I’m happy to report that I finally found a solution. And it’s a simple one.

I just stuck a large jar on my desk, gave it a nice label, and now we have a place to drop our receipts as they come into the house.

Business receipts are our biggest source of clutter, so the jar on my desk is set up to hold those, but I plan to make another one for household receipts.

I may even make one to hold our cabin reno receipts. Anything to put an end to the receipt pile up.

Free Printable Receipt Jar Labels

Printable Receipt Label

If you’d like to set up your own receipt jar (or jars), you’re welcome to use my labels to do it.

Print Receipt Labels

The category and date fields are both editable, so you can customize them to your needs, and print new labels each year.

Want to use a different font? Just hit “Ctrl” + “E.” to bring up a menu of options.

These labels are designed to be printed on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet, or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

Receipt Jar with Tag

And if you’d prefer to use a tag on your jar, instead of a label, I have one of those, too.

Print Receipt Tag

I printed mine on Kraft paper, but that’s just one option of many.

And if you’d like to use these labels to organize other areas of your home, there’s a blank version of both that you can fill in as you’d like.

Blank Receipt Labels

Print Blank Labels

Receipt Jar Tags - Blank

Print Blank Tags

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Comments

  1. I use a 5 pocket accordion file. I’ve labeled the areas for different types of receipts and keep them all in their for the tax season. I have medical expenses, especially copays. I have a section for work related expenses.

  2. Oh my gosh, looking at your site is Amazing!!
    Thank you so much for all the info and Help!
    And thanks for not charging either 😀
    I am really excited to show my husband and get that bill pay list set up.

  3. These are great! What type of paper are you using for the square labels (for this and for the food freezer meals) and how are they applied?
    Btw, I too am very thankful that you do this for the benefit of others and do not charge. So many times folks charge and say that they are “helping others” but you truly stick to your motto of being frugal and for that I will continue to follow you and be inspired. Thank you.

    • Hi Ranee,

      Thanks for the nice compliment. I use full-sheet shipping labels for all of my sticker-type printables (it comes in 8.5 x 11 sheets). Then, I just cut my labels out after they print. Walmart seems to have the cheapest prices on this.

  4. Erin,

    These are really cool artistically. But why hold onto receipts and have them piled up even in an organized way? It’s so easy nowadays to digitize them and not even have to have that clutter around at all.

    Or is it worth having them just to have the excuse to make the cool crafits? 🙂

    • Hi Mike,

      I hang on to receipts for a couple reasons: 1) To keep up with business expenses for tax time 2) To keep track of project expenses. We’re in the process of fixing up an abandoned cabin, and keeping our material receipts in a jar makes it easy to total up our project expenses and to find receipts, if we need to return project leftovers. Digitizing receipts would work for our business receipts, but it wouldn’t work for our project receipts, since we need to original receipts to make returns.

  5. All my gratitude Erin. these are gorgeous stickers that I shall use extensively!

    Thank you for putting up so much effort into bringing quality content.

    God bless you.

    Fatiha

  6. I totally just printed the labels, thanks I made- business
    -personal -Christmas (red and green one) -Bank saved on desktop so I can make more if need be, thanks again!

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