I’ve mentioned before that I need to have backups of our important financial documents, and keep them in a safe. This week, a new Staples opened near our house, and they were running an opening special that would give $30 off a $70 purchase. So I went over there on Monday to get a safe. I found a fire-proof safe that holds hanging folders, for $68. I bought a ream of paper to get over $70, and ended up getting everything for $45 after tax.
I came home and went through all our paperwork to sort out what needed to be in the safe. My husband and I went through my final selections together, so he knows exactly what’s in there as well. Our passports, birth certificates, ss cards, marriage license, car titles, mortgage info, warranty deed and security title for our home are all in the safe. So are copies of our parents’ wills (we still need to make our own, haven’t done that yet) and photocopies of the fronts and backs of our credit cards. I typed up a list of all our asset accounts, including contact info, passwords, and account numbers, and that’s in the safe as well. So now instead of having all our important documents in a little plastic box in my desk and in my filing cabinet, we have them in a locked fire-proof safe, all in one place. Feels much better.