Shredding: What and When

Handy tips from AARP.org on shredding:

SHRED: Everything that has your:

  • Signature
  • Birthdate
  • Social Security number
  • Account numbers
  • Passwords
  • PINS

SHRED: After 45 days

  • Credit card statements unless you need them for tax purposes or proof of purchase

SHRED: As soon as the transaction appears on your statements

  • Bank deposit slips
  • ATM receipts
  • Credit card receipts

SHRED: After 1 year

  • Bank statements
  • Pay stubs
  • Medical bills

SAVE INDEFINITELY: any paperwork related to

  • Taxes
  • Mortgage payments
  • Improvements on your home
  • Medical records
  • Prescription records

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