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I have always found it invaluable to file all receipts, paperwork etc. and also to keep household appliance handbooks and warranty cards in a separate file but I must admit I have never been as organised as "Siren" of the USA.
Having had three burglaries in the space of six weeks sometime back, I only wish I had been!
It is important that you create three informational files:-
1: Homeowners manual:
2: Ownership manual:
3: Medical file for each member of the family:
Siren goes on to say that she does not know if the UK has a tax system similar to the American IRS but it makes tax time a little easier if we keep this file updated and keep receipts for all health related actions taken. i.e. medications, payments to the doctor's office, mileage to the office, eye glasses and examinations and all dental related expenses.
We don't have such a tax system but often require the information mentioned for other reasons, especially when taking out medical insurance or making claims against this insurance.
It is also a very good idea to keep a record of the date of any inoculations and immunisations (both children and adults) as well has childhood illnesses etc. We all think we will remember these things but it is amazing how memory fades and how time flies.
Kathy Green has kindly sent in the following comments with regard to keeping records:-
One must be especially careful to back up all computer files/records, put them on a disk, and file those disks along with all other important records! *** So many people here lost everything in the wildfires of a couple of years' ago, and were left with nothing at all except the clothing they were wearing.
*** It also makes a sense to store disks etc., at a different location if at all possible.
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