It's a new year... time to grab a new file box for 2011 receipts, papers and files!
Although there were a couple years they were hard to find (sold out) and I had to spend more to purchase a plastic version with a lid, but for the most part I buy a 2 or 3 box package of this style cardboard box. Very sturdy and affordable, they have been used forever in banking and accounting - and work perfectly for our own financial files as well.
They come flat, for anywhere from $3-7 and you fold them into place. They have a lid and when folded correctly are sturdy and durable. I love that they all stack beautifully as they are all the same size even when buying different brands of the boxes.
I do use a fireproof box for important papers like birth certificates, copies of our will, our passports and such. The waterproof plastic bankers box holds our real estate papers and copies from our homes. Receipts, every day papers we need to keep, copies of bills, medical, dental, school, utilities, etc. all are filed in these banker boxes, each marked with the year as well as the city and state we lived in at the time.
Organized and very, very frugal!