Organize Your Files Week: Apps to Help You Reduce Paper Clutter

Posted on 04/14/2014

Don't get too excited but it's National Organize Your Files Week. Before you go out and buy a bunch of new office organizational supplies check out these free and low cost apps to help you reduce paper clutter.

Are you kicking yourself for not keeping better track of your receipts for tax time? Go from paperwork to paperless with the free Shoeboxed app. Once you submit a copy of your document your financial information is organized complete with IRS accepted receipt images. You can then export the data to your favorite account or bookkeeping software. After the free trial plans start at $9.95 a month.

Turn your smartphone into a high quality scanner with the CamScanner app, $.99. You can also edit and annotate images, share PDFs or convert scanned images into editable documents.

Instead of printing off interesting articles you find on the web use the Lightly app, $2.99, to highlight important passages and file them away. The app also helps you share information with ease.

Are coupons adding to your clutter? Check out the SavingStar app to save on groceries while going paperless. Find eCoupons for the items you plan to buy, load them on to your store's loyalty card and enjoy the discounts.

Thousands of digital magazines are available through the free Zinio app. You no longer have to keep a stash of magazines on your coffee table. Instead subscribe to the digital version and flip through them on your tablet, smartphone or computer.

Convert business cards into digital contacts with the free CardMunch app from LinkedIn. Simply snap a picture of the business card and the information will automatically be turned into a contact in your phone's address book, eliminating the need for more paper clutter.

By Alison Storm

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