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Where do you keep your important papers?

Asked by Caravanfan (7245points) July 10th, 2019

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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