Receipt Scanning and Storage

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  1. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Anyone have a good app/system for scanning and storing receipts?

    I'm thinking of an app that will take a picture of the receipt, allow me to attach some keywords/description to it and perhaps even uploading/backing up the information to my dropbox or box account or maybe to a cloud service that the app is associated with.

    Any suggestions on the best way to do this?

  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    I do exactly that on Evernote.
  3. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Not a bad idea, but 60MB of free storage isn't going to get me far and $5/mo is pretty pricey for something just storage for receipts.

    Any other ideas or am I missing something with Evernote?
  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Springpad can do everything that evernote does and is fully free too. The difference is that Evernote has physical copies of the files on your desktop, while springpad is saved on the cloud.

    EDIT: There's also CatchNotes.
  5. regression

    regression Well-Known Member

    You get unlimited storage with Evernote. The 60 megs is how much you can upload in one month.

    I store all my receipts in Evernote, among other notes.
  6. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Oh, now that I read it again. Regression is right. I had thought you meant 60mb upload per month was too small for you.
  7. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    How about Lemon?
    Anyone tried that?

    While evernote might work, Lemon looks like it's more of a 1 trick app, which just concentrates on saving receipts.

    But, I tried scanning a receipt with Lemon and it's been uploading for almost an hour now, so something is definitely wrong.
    Edit: Tried a different receipt and with wifi off, still just stuck on uploaded.

    Hopefully, their support will get back to me eventually.
  8. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Which are you referring to uploading for an hour? Evernote or Lemon?
  9. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Sorry, Lemon.
  10. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Does seem like this is a good way to go. I don't really need the receipts automatically parsed and individual data extracted. I just need to be able to find a receipt 2 years down the road if I have to for a warranty or something.

    Still, lemon does look interesting. I don't know why the upload isn't working at all though. Hopefully, their support will have something to say about that soon.
  11. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Only 5 receipts a month free. It doesn't appear as if it's storing the image of the receipt. That's really what I want.

    I don't really need any analysis/breakdown of my spending.

    I also feel comfortable with a more established company. I feel pretty good that Evernote will be around a while and will keep the receipts available long term.

    I'm still really curious to see how lemon works, if I can get the image uploader to work.
  12. regression

    regression Well-Known Member

    For me Evernote works great. I have a separate notebook just for receipts. With the OCR, it will search the text within the receipt.

    The only thing you might have to watch out for is how big your receipt image files are. I have my camera set to the highest resolutions, so a receipt can be around 2 megs. So, that might make you bump up against your 60 megs / month upload limit. What I usually do is send the images to my computer, use FastStone Image Viewer to save it as a lower quality, which reduces the file size to around 300 KB.
  13. justtom

    justtom Well-Known Member

  14. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Shopitize looks interesting, but the Play Store says it's incompatible with my Droid X.

    I wonder if it'll always be free. Don't want to get stuck with a storage fee later on.

    I think I've tried Camscanner once and didn't really like it.

    I'm a little annoyed at lemon already. Their support responded to an email about clarifying the free plan and deleting an extra account I created, but they ignored my email about the uploading issue which was send at the same time.

    Leaning towards just using Evernote. I have a level of confidence that my data will be there and accessible long term.
  15. Eugene

    Eugene Well-Known Member

    Could just use somehting like scan2pdf
  16. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    I probably could and then use an foldersync or something to upload those to my account each night. I'd like something that I can apply tags that I can search on though as well.
  17. darrenf

    darrenf Member

    How about Expensify (htty:// It pulls transaction information off of receipts and matches that to the transactions in you credit card statement. Should save you some typing and it's free for an individual. I don't know if they support backup though.

  18. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    What about Handy Scanner? Not sure if it will do all you want...

  19. lexluthor

    lexluthor Well-Known Member

    Finally got Lemon to work. Their server must have been down the first time I tried because it worked fine today.

    Anyhow, nothing that exciting there.

    For my needs, I think Evernote is the best way to go. I created a notebook called Receipts and I'll just store pictures of all receipts there along with description info that I can search on down the road.

    Thanks for all of the great suggestions.
  20. ZepTepi

    ZepTepi Well-Known Member

    Similiar to lexluthor I need something that just allows me to take a picture of my work receipts and stores them somewhere(preferably my work PC or a cloud if need be) so I can access them at a latter date if need be. Being able to easily search through my saved receipts is obviously a big plus! I don't need an app that is going to analyze my spending habits as this is just for my corp cc. I also don't want to start getting offers spammed to me.

    I haven't checked out Evernote but I will now. I downloaded 3 apps yesterday that I'm going to try out.

    • Expensify
    • Smart Receipts
    • Digital Receipts
    Digital Receipts is especially intriguing because of it's NFC capabilities though there are no stores I can find in my area that have NFC scanners yet. Being able to, someday, just tap my phone at checkout and not only pay for my purchase but get a digital receipt via an app like DR would by awesome.

    If any of you have used any of those 3 apps and wouldn't mind sharing your experience I would appreciate it.
  21. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    I use "Camscaner Pro" to scan my receipts to either JPEG or PDF format. Its saved on my phone but can be sent to the cloud for storage. I only scan receipts like warranty stuff to keep with me. But it works great and you can give each receipt a title.
  22. ZepTepi

    ZepTepi Well-Known Member

    Is there an easy way to search your pool of receipts if need be?
  23. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    I also use CamScanner for scanning receipts. With CamScanner you can add notes (manually entered) to each page of a document, and later search these notes which will bring you right to that page. However, if you upload your documents as PDF to cloud storage, these notes are not retained - the notes are only searchable on your device.
  24. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    In Evernote, text within the pictures are searchable items.

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