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Get a NeatReceipts mobile scanner for $149.99

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:09AM Tuesday April 9, 2013
under Stuff We Like

It's that time of year again: tax time. For me that means another sad realization that I'm hopelessly, endlessly disorganized. Help me, technology, help me!

Maybe 2013 will be different. Actually, I'm sure it will be if I take advantage of this deal: For a limited time, B&H Photo has the NeatReceipts mobile scanner for $149.99 shipped. This is the same model that normally sells for $179.99, and until very recently was priced at $199.99.

This USB-powered, travel-friendly device makes short work of scanning, storing, and organizing receipts. (It can scan other stuff, too, like documents and business cards.)

Granted, sheet-fed scanners like this one have been around for years, but where NeatReceipts is concerned, the secret is in the NeatWorks 4.0 software (included here for Windows, though there's a Mac version available as well). Just scan a receipt and the software automatically recognizes the date, the name of the store, the amount of the purchase, and so on.

You can categorize your scans (business, personal, etc.) and even tag them with specific tax-form information, thus making life easier the next time the calendar rolls around to April 15.

When that happens, you can export all the data to an Excel spreadsheet, Quicken, TurboTax, and other programs.

NeatReceipts can also work its scanning magic on bills, business cards, and everyday documents. It's the first step toward the paperless office technology's been promising us for years.

Although the software can be a little fussy, I'm a big fan of the product--especially when it's available for 30 bucks off the list price. If you're drowning in receipts and/or you just need a speedy mobile scanner, this is definitely worth a look.

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and, and also writes for PC World and Wired.