I have a 3 ring binder for each of us (my husband and I) to organize our financial information and I also have a binder for joint financial information. In each of our binders I have a section for such as Social Security statements that come one time a year, a section for retirement information, section for life insurance, section for CD and savings and so on.
I use clear separator sheets that I insert contact information for each section. For instance my life insurance I have the name, address and telephone number of who to contact and how much the life insurance pay out should be.
My husband and I are not the only ones that know about these binders. I have shared our binders with each of our grown kids. That way if one of us passes away or we are not able to handle our own business and the other is not able to handle the financial side the thought is one of our kids can step in and assist. They have thought this is such a good idea that they have started their own binders.
Great idea. You can also do that on flash drives. Keep one for your financial records, (you can keep it in a bank box or somewhere seperate). In case of natural diaster (we live in a hurricane hotspot).
Keep drives on each family member, recent photo, medical history and their information in case it is ever needed.
The drive is about the size of your finger, but it holds so much information, does not cost much, a 1GB is usually under ten dollars, but it can help so much
Keep a flash drive in your car with information that would help the police, EMS, or firefighters if you are ever in an accident and cannot respond to questions. (Don't forget to label the drive in the car ICE--in case of emergency.)
Why did I never think of this. It makes so much more sense to me than the folders that I use and take out, forget to put back, and then can't find easily when I need the information again. Thank you.
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