If you’re on a quest to remove unneeded paper from your life, there’s probably one thing standing in your way: receipts. Only a few stores have gotten on the text- or email-receipt bandwagon. Most will saddle you with a paper receipt that seems miles long!
You probably have hundreds, if not thousands, of receipts cluttering your home. They clog your wallet, shoeboxes and anywhere else you can fit them. When it comes time to budget or do your taxes, how do you ever expect to find them all?
Don’t bother buying an expensive receipt scanner to fix these problems. These apps not only let you scan receipts, they organize them for you. You’ll have no trouble pulling the exact receipt you need, when you need it.
So without further ado, let’s get to work reducing the receipt clutter.
Expensify (Android, Apple, Windows Phone; Free) automatically creates reports right from the photo of a receipt. You can track the hours you worked with a tap, and it also tracks mileage using GPS or with a picture of the car’s odometer.
Expensify will link up with your bank account or credit card to pull transactions that don›t have a receipt. It can even generate IRS-guaranteed eReceipts. Finally, it›s compatible with major accounting software for easy report submission, or you can create a PDF to submit.
Shoeboxed (Android, Apple; Free) lets you scan as many receipts as you want. In addition to storing them, the app has certified professionals who can review up to five of your receipts every month. The app syncs to the Web version of Shoeboxed automatically.
If you use QuickBooks, Excel or another tool to budget, you can export your data to that format with ease. And if you have endless stacks of old paper receipts, you can pay to let Shoeboxed digitize and organize them for you.
Wave (Android, Apple; Free) doesn’t just scan your receipts. It makes them fully searchable on your smartphone, tablet or computer. It can even tie receipts to your bank›s transaction record automatically.
If you own a business, you can share receipts or accept payments from the app. It›s like having a digital accountant right on your mobile gadget or computer. Plus, the Web version of Wave has other tools for invoicing, payroll and more.
You might not need to organize your receipts for business, but just want to keep them handy, or keep your own notes about them. In that case, Evernote (Android, Apple; Free) is a good place to look.
This highly popular note-taking app and service lets you snap photos and add them to notebooks. These sync to Evernote’s servers so you can them on any gadget.
Not everyone wants their information on a remote service. Don’t forget you can use a simple scanning app like CamScanner (Android, Apple; Free) to scan receipts and other documents, too. It will keep your files locally and let you organize them however you want.
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