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For what it's worth, I scan all of those documents you mentioned. The only originals I have in my fire chest are: the deed to my house (even though I can get a certified copy from the county), birth certificates, immigration paperwork, vehicle title, passports, and irreplaceable documents of sentimental or practical value. Even these are scanned as a backup.

All other items are either delivered electronically, like bills, or scanned and shredded upon arrival, like insurance policies. (Sometimes I take a picture of manual covers or packaging so I can have part and serial numbers.) I keep copies of the files in various encrypted places, including a USB stick that goes with me.




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