Thursday, December 3, 2009

eliminate your paper

Paper is a part of everyone's daily life. There is no way to avoid it. However, with the use of technology and computers, we can eliminate a good chunk of your paper…here is how:


1. Request that any statements you receive from various sources, such as cable, credit card companies, electric company, etc., be sent via online to your e-mail account instead of on paper through the post office.

2. Check out your financial institution's online bill paying system. Setting up an account to pay your bills online through your bank eliminates the need for envelopes and postage. You can set up your account to pay each month or set it up to take out for bills automatically every month. It is a safe and easy way to organize all your bills in one location.

3. Consider investing in a financial management program, such as Quick Books. Financial management programs will turn that pile of receipts into something manageable.


4. Do you subscribe to many magazines and/or newspapers? Consider keeping only those subscriptions that are most important to you. Most major magazines now carry many of their articles, if not the entire issue, on their websites. Consider donating old magazines to doctors' offices, shelters or senior centers after you read them.


5. If you own a scanner, use it to its full potential to eliminate a good portion of the paper piled up in your home. You can scan a wide variety of items onto your computer or store onto CDs or DVDs. Scanners can scan most documents and pictures onto your computer for paper-free storage.



All of the ideas above will help you eliminate the amount of paper you have lying around your home and office. Just remember not to let your computer increase the amount of paper you collect. It is easy to print out a lot of things that do not have to be printed. If it is not critical, do not print it out. Keep in the back of your mind that the information will more than likely still be online to reference again later.

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