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Track Online Holiday Purchases

Browse, shop, click and pay—it’s easy to get carried away with online shopping. Unlike traditional shopping, lugging bags around a shopping mall, you can forget how much you’ve actually bought. A good idea is to set up a little system for tracking your online purchases so you’ll know what you’ve got, collect receipts in one place, and monitor delivery.

  • Online purchases can be easy to forget. To help keep track and not make double purchases, create a desktop folder for a copy of all online receipts.
  • Set up a separate mail folder in your email program. Transfer to a “received file” when the packages arrive.
  • Create a little Excel spreadsheet, track all your purchases, noting those that are online.
  • Monitor your expenses so there will be no surprises.