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Where do you keep your important papers?

Asked by Caravanfan (5171points) 1 week ago

Stuff like house deed, will, trust, social security cards, etc. Do you keep them at home in a drawer? Do you have a safe deposit box? Do you have a fire proof safe?

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

The extremely important ones are in a safety deposit box, the rest are in a fire proof safe.

Caravanfan's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 How much do you pay for the safe deposit box? They upped our fees by 60 bucks a year.

Demosthenes's avatar

They’re all in a safe in my dad’s office at home. I don’t have the code to the safe, though. Only my parents do.

elbanditoroso's avatar

At home. I used to use a bank safe deposit box, but about 10 years ago I decided that nothing I had was that crucial, and anything official (house deed, car title) could be replaced if I had to.

I don’t have any jewelry to speak off, so that wasn’t a concern either.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Caravanfan I don’t know Mrs Squeeky takes care of that.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I used to have a safe deposti box but it cost $90 per year and was a pain to get to. I bought a Sentry Fireproof Safe for about $250 and that works well. Having it in the house is convenient.

chyna's avatar

I have a fire proof box at home.

ragingloli's avatar

In a drawer.
Glory to Arstotzka.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Fireproof safe at home, we used to have a safety deposit at the bank but the branch closed earlier this year, cost was $70 for the year.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I have a small fireproof safe inside my fireproof gun safe.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I just looked and see that Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry Sentry safes. A 2 cubic foot unit is about $250.
Once you have it you will find all sorts of important things to put inside: deeds, wills, passports, titles to cars, kids’ baby books, letters from grandparents, etc.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Caravanfan The safe is bulky and easily weighs over 100 pounds. If you get one, have them load it into your car and ask a friend to help you unload. Don’t be a hero.

Caravanfan's avatar

@LuckyGuy I’m 55 years old with a bad back. No way I would try to do it by myself. But thank you for the warning!

AshlynM's avatar

In an accordion style folder in my nightstand.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

The very few physical artifacts I worry about are my passport and passport card, Social Security card, birth certificate and auto title. I have also have an accordion folder for them.

Also there’s the stuff in my wallet like drivers license and bank cards.

I also take pictures/scans of everything and store it on my computers. With cloud backup (Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) I can retrieve a copy almost anywhere I have an Internet connection.

The physical documents aren’t that important. They’re rarely needed. Having copies at hand is immensely useful.

No, I am not worried about my data getting stolen. 1) It’s all encrypted and 2) My identity is not worth stealing.

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