Get a NeatReceipts mobile scanner for $149.99
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
. 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
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 Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.