Filing cabinet items I can shred?
I've been making a lot of progress in my office sized 5-drawer filing cabinet. I now have 2 boxes full of credit card, cable, phone, etc. old statements. I had been keeping all pay stubs and finally threw them all out except the last and first ones of each year.
My questions are: Can I throw away all the older bank statements, even if they come with our checks? How many months should I be keeping at any one time?
We have been paying monthly to the IRS for a previous large tax bill. Must I keep all the statements that I get from them? If not, how many should I keep?
Is there any other method besides shredding? I really don't want to purchase a shredder for this one time use.