Many printers on the market also have a scanner attached to them. Most people play around with the scanner for a day or two, or use them every once in a while when someone needs a copy of a paper. Rarely do people take full advantage of them though. If you have a scanner on your printer, here are a few things to do with it that can save you some frustration, space and money.
Scan Important Documents
You should scan all your important documents. This includes any licenses, medical records, birth certificates and other legal papers. You do not have to keep a hard copy of these. Scan them and then save then on your computer. Better yet, save them on a memory stick. The memory stick should be stored somewhere different that the original documents. Make two copies. Keep one readily available if you should need a copy printed out and put the other in a safe deposit box. If you ever lose the original, it is much easier to obtain a new one if you have a copy of it. Being able to provide a copy will save you a lot of frustration at the originating office.
Scan Old Photographs
While it is now common to use a camera with digital capabilities, this is fairly new to many people. All those old photographs from before the turn of the century are yellowing and becoming brittle. Take a day or two, or longer if you have a lot of old photographs, and scan them into your computer. Again, you can now save them to a portable memory stick. You will never have to worry about losing or damaging a precious photograph again.
Scan Receipts, Warranties and Refund Offers
Any time you have a refund offer, make sure you scan the filled out refund form and the receipt before sending them in. This can save you a lot of frustration when calling the company to find out where the refund is. Scanning in a copy of the filled out warranty card for a product is also a good idea. This not only helps when dealing with customer service, but also gives you the date of purchase so you know when the warranty is ended.
You have the scanner already. Using it does not require any ink or paper. Take advantage of the ability to keep your documents safe and in some type of order. It will make life much easier.