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"When do you throw away old important papers and computer files?"


          

I'm going through spindles of old CD-Rs and boxes of old files - and I'm at the point where I think I'm just going to throw a lot of it away.

Do I need a hard drive backup of a 68K Macintosh from 1998?
Do I need a backup of my Google Play account?
Do I need discharge paperwork for a surgery I had in 2003?
Do I need my taxes from 1996?
Do I need veterinarian paperwork for my cat from 10 years ago?
Do I need copies of receipts for a bathroom remodel from 2012?

Do I take photos of it on my phone (like scanning it) and then just keep the photos?

Do I just toss it and never look back?

I'm thinking of tossing anything older than 5 year, except taxes and anything I have a warranty on.

What do you do?

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Subject Author Message Date ID
Last Month I Found A Stash Of Pay Stubs From 1996 To 2005
Jun 28th 2020
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I found those too a few years ago
Jun 28th 2020
2
I'm a data hoarder
Jun 28th 2020
3
Man I would pay good money for a copies of my college essays.
Jun 29th 2020
6
digitize and store forever. hard drives are cheap
Jun 28th 2020
4
I keep everything related to property ownership, other stuff...
Jun 29th 2020
5
I destroy anything older than 7 yrs. Isn't that how far back an audit go...
Jun 29th 2020
7

Dj Joey Joe
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1. "Last Month I Found A Stash Of Pay Stubs From 1996 To 2005"
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I don't know why I saved all of them, I know I'm sort of a pack rat, but I remember people always saying don't throw away your pay/check stubs cause it usually have your personal info like social security number & etc. on it.

I should've ripped them up to shreds and threw them away but I guess I just kept on saying yeah I need to throw these away and but kept on adding on to the pile all those years; I should burn them all.


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2. "I found those too a few years ago"
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A few years ago I went through my paperwork and wrote down every employer name and address , hourly wage, and yeear end pay totals.

I threw those out, but still kept a LOT fo other things.

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Jay Doz
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Sun Jun-28-20 05:09 PM

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3. "I'm a data hoarder"
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and being a Google One subscriber just makes it harder for me to kick that habit. like, I have old high school essays from 20+ years ago that I copied from old 3 1/2 floppy disks. never gonna need that ever, yet here I am

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6. "Man I would pay good money for a copies of my college essays. "
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I just want to see if I knew what I was doing then.

In fact, I wrote a short story in high school about a society that was split up and zoned based on your health that I would love to re-read now because of covid.

Some times being a pack rat pays off.

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4. "digitize and store forever. hard drives are cheap"
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and getting cheaper (per gig)

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flipnile
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Mon Jun-29-20 09:05 AM

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5. "I keep everything related to property ownership, other stuff..."
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...I toss into a cardboard box and shred after a year or so if I haven't needed it. Junk mail gets tossed right into recycling. Messy system tho. Alway end up having to go through to box again anyway because I gotta double check before I shred.

Gonna try shredding "important" stuff every week (vs. every year).

  

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Mon Jun-29-20 10:20 AM

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7. "I destroy anything older than 7 yrs. Isn't that how far back an audit go..."
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Isn't that how far back an IRS audit goes?

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