How Do I Choose the Best Receipt Holder?

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen
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When choosing a receipt holder you should typically consider where you plan on using the holder and how you want to organize your receipts. If you need a portable holder, for example, then you should look for one that is small enough to fit in the area in which you plan to use it. For receipts you wish to keep, you should ensure you choose a holder that does not damage the receipts and which allows you to find the receipts more easily. You might also consider a decorative receipt holder, or one that you can use to keep receipts on a temporary basis.

A receipt holder is an item used to hold or store receipts for temporary or long-term storage. This type of item can be designed in a number of different ways, and is usually intended for use in a particular place or for a certain purpose. If you are looking for a portable receipt holder, for example, then you might consider one that can fit in your purse, briefcase, or other bag you often carry with you. Some receipt holders are designed to connect to the visor in a motor vehicle, allowing receipts to be more easily stored while traveling.

If you are looking for a receipt holder for use in a home or office, then you might consider either a desktop holder or a file folder. Desktop receipt holders are often designed as trays or as items that look similar to a spring lying on its side, providing numerous vertical slots for insertion of receipts. This type of system can be quite effective for short-term or temporary storage of receipts. You might also consider a desktop receipt holder that sits on a desk with a large nail or spike sticking up from the base, allowing you to stab the nail through receipts. This is often used for receipts kept for a short time or to indicate receipts that are to be shredded.

A file folder receipt holder is usually designed as a small folder or an accordion file. It can include numerous dividers, allowing you to organize your receipts as you store them in the file. Some provide alphabetical pockets, while others can be divided into days of the month, allowing you to choose a filing system that works best for you. Once you choose to keep certain receipts in long-term storage, then you can use a receipt holder that is part of a larger storage system, such as a folder in a filing cabinet or storage bin.

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@orangey03 – I've seen those restaurant receipt holders at sit-down restaurants, too. I guess they are pretty convenient when the cashier is in a hurry and doesn't have time to file receipts.

I wish I could just stick all my receipts on one and be done with them. I need to organize them better at home, though, because I buy everything with my debit card and have to keep track of my balance carefully.

I use a big accordion folder with a section for each month. The big folder has manila folders inside for organization. It also has a rubber band on the outside that loops around a button to close the folder.


The invoice holder at my desk is nothing more than an outbox. I stack all of the invoices in there once I'm done with them, and I wait until the box fills up to file them away.

When business was booming, I would have to go through them once a week and organize them by date to file them away in a big filing cabinet folder. However, business has been slow for the past few years, so I can get away with leaving them there for several weeks.


I could never use a receipt keeper in my car. If it were in the visor, I would put the receipts there and totally forget about them. I'm bad about leaving stuff in my car for months!


I think that those metal receipt holders with spikes are awesome! It's so easy for someone to push a receipt down onto one. There is no danger of the paper flying away in the breeze, either.

One of my favorite fast food restaurants uses one of these holders. I doubt they keep their receipts for more than a day, because the spike probably fills up fast.

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