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I used to save old gas, electric and other utility statements and I would save all of my canceled checks -- for years. I know a lot of people still do this. But as part of my notion of simplifying life, I really couldn't come up with a single compelling reason why I collected such things. I don't really want or need to review or compare my bills as much as I'd rather do other things.
For the past five years or more, whenever I get junk mail I throw it in the trash as soon as I walk in the door. I really don't want the money-saving coupons in the Valu-Pak® or to browse the weekly store circulars for money-saving potential. Usually on the day that I recieve them, I pay any bills for which I don't have automatic deposit. The ones that are automatic, I open the bill, look at the amount and throw it away immediately. If by chance I am overcharged, I simply don't care. Actually, I do care a little but not to the level of complicating my life to such an extent. I have even chosen to ignore the sage advice of looking over my grocery store receipts for errors. Instead, my twisted rationale is that any amount I might potentially save, is not worth the effort I would expend.
Yeah, I'm messed up in the head but I am happy with that.