If you’re not living a paperless life yet then what are you waiting for? We no longer live in a society that needs to destroy trees and create more trash. Living the paper-free life will declutter your life, lower your carbon footprint and it can even save you money.
Here are 5 ways you can cut down on paper and live paper-free.
1. Get Your Statements Online
Forget all about getting your statement delivered to you every month. Think about how much paper that wastes. There’s the envelope, a few pages of your statement and some ad inserts too. Then imagine the gasoline it takes to get that letter delivered to you. You probably just look at the statement then throw it away. What a waste.
Instead, choose to go green and receive your statement via PDF in an email. If you’re one of those people who need to save every statement. Then just download the PDF and keep it in a folder on your computer and problem solved.
2. Make Payments Online
The days of mailing a check are long gone. Not only does it cost you too much time and money but it wastes a lot of paper as well. You need to buy envelopes, order checks and pay for a stamp. What a waste.
Instead, get your bills paid automatically with your checking account. This way you don’t waste paper or your time either. Say goodbye to late fees too because you’ll never miss a payment ever again.
3. Scan Your Paperwork
You probably have a few folders or maybe even a whole filing cabinet full of paperwork. Some of these papers are important and you don’t want to get rid of them. But if you want to save some space and get some peace of mind, scan them and put them into your computer.
You can then store the items you scan on a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive. That way, even if your computer is toast and your house goes up in flames, all of your documents are safe and sound. If you ever do need to physically present one of these documents you can just print that one item you need.
4. Get A Tablet
If you like to read books and magazines you don’t need to physically buy them anymore. With an e-Reader or a tablet you can read as many books as you can handle without killing a single tree. You can also read your magazine subscriptions from the comfort of your own home on your iPad. New editions will update automatically so you won’t have to wait for the next magazine to come in the mail.
5. Use Your Smartphone
Your smartphone can help you go paperless. There are plenty of smartphone apps that will help you clear up your clutter. With an app called Lemon you can take pictures of all your receipts and store them on your phone. Come tax time if you get audited you’ll have them stored on your phone. Rather than save business cards you can use an app like Evernote Hello or LinkedIn’s CardMunch. Just take a picture of a business card and the information is stored on your smartphone. With the JotNot Scanner Pro app you can take a picture of a document and it’ll store it for you. It’s different than just using the camera because it can save the image as a PDF and even combine multiple pages into just one file.