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Level Up Your Finances: Level Twelve

Level 12 - You have all your financial records and account details organized

Why it Matters

There’s nothing worse than needing that important statement NOW and not being able to find it. Thankfully, 9 folders are standing between you, and always being able to find that thing that you need for that other thing.

Goals for this Level

In Level 12, we want to get you organized by setting up an easy-to-use, 9-folder system for paperwork that will likely come your way.

Bonus – know when it’s okay to toss different types of financial paperwork.

Here’s the sure-fire 9-folder system:


What Goes In It

Tax Returns

  • 7 years of tax returns

  • Tax slips you receive throughout the year


  • Annual RRSP statements

  • Annual work retirement statements

  • Work plan sign-up package

Other Investments

  • Annual TFSA statements

  • Annual statements from any other accounts (e.g. education savings plans or unregistered accounts)

Daily Banking

  • Monthly bank statements


  • Title deed for your home or rental agreement

  • Mortgage paperwork and statements or lease agreement

  • Home improvement receipts (super important for warranty claims!!!)

Credit Cards

  • Monthly credit card statements

  • Credit card agreements (super important if you are relying on the insurance from your card)

Credit Score

  • Your credit reports (that you are pulling at least once a quarter)


  • Home insurance

  • Rental insurance

  • Auto insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Life insurance

Holy Sh$t

  • Will

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Advance Directive

  • Details your Executor or Guardian would need to know in order to execute your will

  • Key passwords your Executor may need

Bonus – Can you shred it yet?

And to make sure you don’t start drowning in paperwork, here’s a cheat sheet to how long to keep other types of paperwork (financial and non-financial) that may come your way:

Keep for 1-3 Months:

  • Sales receipts for minor purchases

  • ATM receipts and bank slips

Keep for 1 Year:

  • Paycheck stubs

  • Monthly credit card statements

  • Old insurance records (like your old auto or home insurance)

Keep for 7 Years:

  • Tax returns

  • Receipts and slips for tax purposes

  • Bank statements

  • Medical bills/claims

Do Not Throw Out:

  • Year end statements for investments

  • Home improvement documentation and receipts

  • Receipts for major purchases

  • Deeds, mortgages

  • Wills

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Car ownership

  • Current insurance policies (like your current home and auto)

  • Medical records

  • Education records

  • Employment records

*Untangle Take

We love how practical this level is! Get some cute folders and get organized. 😊

What's next?

Stay tuned every week for a new level in the series!

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