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Evernote – Helping slim your wallet

by , April 11, 2011

Evernote – Helping slim your wallet

Evernote is Everawesome. Do you use it? Evernote is a pretty neat little application that makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web. The application allows you to store notes/images/thoughts in the cloud and sync it between your computer and phone (iPhone, Blackberry, not sure about Android yet?)

There’s a whole bunch of things you can do with Evernote, but from a carrying point of view, we love it as it allows us to really cut down on the amount of receipts we carry around in our wallets. Which in turn allows us to avoid that hilarious moment on the street when you open your wallet and all your receipts fly out. Aahhhh, George.

How do you do it?

  • When you are given a receipt, take a photo of it.
  • Email the receipt to an Evernote email account you’ve set up and shared with your accountant.
  • Screw up the receipt and never think about it again

If you do your accounts yourself, it’s almost as easy…

  • After taking the photo, open Evernote on your phone and create a new note from the photo you’ve just taken.
  • Create a title – eg > Receipt for Coffee at Starbucks.
  • Add tags to the note for easy searching – eg > Receipts, Coffee, Starbucks
  • Then Save your note.

Now you have the receipt saved to you Evernote account which you can either print out or email (way easier) to your accountant come tax time.

If you ever need the receipt for a product return, you just search for the store name and show them the receipt on your phone.

Receipts are one of the main culprits with Costanza wallets. The better you can get rid of them, the better you’ll get rid of that ugly bulge.

Like we mentioned earlier there are loads of different ways you can use Evernote and this is only one of them. I also use it as an inspiration board – clipping things I find inspiring, exciting, etc on the net to my Evernote account that then allows me to check back later on. You can learn more about Evernote HERE.

And no, Evernote have not sponsored this. It’s just a neat programme that is free for the basic version. Enjoy!

  • http://barefootrambling.wordpress.com Jesse

    Been using Evernote for years now, in fact it’s one of the only pieces of software I readily recommend to all. First, there is an Android app, though it treats voice notes a little strange (see EN page for details).

    Another use you didn’t mention is as a text editor. I draft reports, blog posts, articles for other sites, etc…in EN so I can use the tags and notebooks to keep them organized and sync’d then just copy and paste into a full word processor to tidy them up for publication.

    Great post, I love how you take into account ALL aspects of carry with ideas like this…keep it up!

    Jesse

    • Leather

      hey Jesse,

      stoked to hear you’re digging on Evernote, it’s a pretty special app! And yeah, there are a whole bunch of other uses it has beyond what we mentioned above, I’ve heard of some people using it as a blogging tool via audio notes – which is pretty nuts.

      i was flossing over my account last night and finding articles/posts from over a year ago that got me thinking. it’s like a little safety box of ideas.

      nice.

      Lincoln

  • http://www.twitter.com/mikepetrucci Mike P

    I’ve been using Evernote for a few months now and I honestly don’t know how I’ve lived without it! It syncs with all of my devices and keeps me so much more organized than I’ve ever been! I think I’m going to bump up to Premium just to support them, they really do make an amazing product.

    • Leather

      Hey Mike,

      What are the main things you’re finding useful with Evernote?

      If you do bump yourself up to the Premium level, let us know how the differences affect your use with the program. I’d love to know, as I’m sure every Evernote user would, what the main differences are and how they affect your use of it.

      Thanks

      Lincoln

  • http://www.evernote.com Ron Toledo

    Hello this is Ron from Evernote. I wanted to stop by and say hello and thanks for putting together this post. I really enjoyed it. Putting Evernote in context with the Costanza wallet is a genius. This was one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, I can’t believe I missed it.

    Best
    -ron

    • Leather

      Hey Ron,

      Thanks for chiming in! Yeah we’re big Seinfeld fans as well, and the Costanza call works perfectly with the ideal of decluttering your wallet haha.

      What’s the number use you have for Evernote?

      Thanks for stopping by

      Lincoln

  • http://receept.com/ Kevin Pfefferle

    Great post – I’m a huge fan of Evernote and am always excited to see the new ways people think to use such a great service.

    There are some additional features I’d love to see from an electronic receipt filing solution though, and that’s why I’m working on a project called Receept. We’ve working on some great ideas of how an “Evernote designed specifically for receipts” could be even more helpful.

    I’d welcome you to sign up for early access at http://receept.com/ – shoot me an email and I’ll make sure you’re one of the first to get in since you have shown such interest in the idea of filing your paper receipts electronically 🙂

  • Trevor

    I was happy to see this post because I am a big fan of evernote. I live in Chicago and am constantly riding or walking around town and taking pictures of places I want to remind myself to look into later and evernote has been great for that. I especially love taking quick pictures and writing notes down with them, so helpful!!! I used to email myself which can be a pain. BTW, I use it on my android.

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