If you spend any time buying stuff from the web, you are familiar with all the pages that say, “print this out for your records”. So, how many people actually print out those pages? I know I don’t (unless I’m buying something very expensive). Usually I’ll try to keep the email receipt, but sometimes that gets blocked by spam filters.
Here is how I’ve started saving those receipts without worrying about printing them out:
I have a folder in my Documents folder called “receipts.” When I buy something, I simply save the order confirmation page to the folder. In OS X, this is very simple because I can just print the page to a file as a PDF. Here is a screen shot showing you how:
So, if you aren’t using OS X, you do still save your receipts to a folder. Most browsers have a way to save a web page. Most give you an option to save it with all the images in a folder so you can see it as it appeared on the web. Here is an example of how to choose that option from Firefox:
I suggest naming your receipts with the date and purpose. For example, if I buy a pair of running shoes online, I’d name it something like:
This makes it easy for me to locate again and I can delete files that are old enough that I don’t need them any more.
Originally published May 15, 2007.