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Store Important Documents

Sort, identify, and keep the following records in a secure location—either a locked desk drawer, safety-deposit box, parents' home, or maybe a fire-proof safe under your bed.

  • All student loan documentation
  • Copies of your Social Security card, birth certificate, and passport
  • Tax documents for three to seven years
  • Rental, loan, or lease agreements
  • Credit card and banking paperwork for a year
  • Major purchase receipts for one year or longer, if under warranty
  • Insurance and health documentation