Documents to Keep in a Safe & a FREE Giveaway

If there is a fire, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster– time may be working against you.  Would you know which of your family’s important documents to take with you?  Would you even know where they were located?

The staff at AllYou magazine reached out to me about doing a giveaway for a promotion they are running.  They sent me a copy of their magazine and a Sentry Safe Water Resistant Fire-Safe (SFW123CS) to check out.

FREE Safe Giveaway

They are also kind enough to give a safe to one of you!  So make sure you leave a comment about why you would like the safe and I’ll pick the person with the best comment.  If you don’t win the contest — there are discount coupons at AllYou.com magazine for the very same safe. 

What Documents Should You Keep in Your Safe?

These essential items should be kept in a central location so you can access them quickly. It may be a good idea to get a safe to store them.

  • Adoption papers
  • Automobile titles
  • Bank account information
  • Birth certificates
  • Cemetery deeds
  • Check book
  • Divorce papers
  • Doctors’ contact information
  • Education records and diplomas
  • Government bonds
  • Health information for each family member (blood type, allergies, medications)
  • Health insurance cards
  • Insurance policies
  • Investment & retirement account information
  • Last will and testament
  • Lease
  • Living will
  • Marriage license
  • Military records
  • Mortgage paperwork
  • Passports
  • Patents and copyrights
  • Real estate deeds
  • Social security cards
  • Tax records
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13 replies
  1. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    I have always wanted a home safe – it’s too inconvenient to store ALL of the documents I need to keep safe in a safe deposit box at the bank. I’d LOVE to win this. In the meantime, I’m enjoying your website and spot on advice very much!

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  2. Gail
    Gail says:

    Thanks for the list of important things to keep in a safe place (no pun intended) 🙂 After 44 years of marriage, I’m sure you can imagine how many important papers that we have stashed all over. This safe would be a perfect item to assist me as I’m trying to become more organized to make things easier for our loved ones in the years to come.

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  3. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    A safe can really help in a unfortunate situation. you and your family members will thank you for thinking ahead. This is a great list, to have and follow. A Sentry Safe Water Resistant Fire-Safe would be an awesome thing to get as a prize, why because safety and thinking of your family first in a time of crisis.

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  4. linda zanoni
    linda zanoni says:

    When I was a kid my brother kept his candy stash in a safe so my step-mother wouldn’t take it from him! Having lived through an apartment fire a safe would have been a good thing for all the singed paperwork that remained – at least it was there where I could find it. As I posted earlier I keep some things in the office so that I have a record of the stuff else where – cheaper than a safety deposit box but certainly not secure.

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  5. Ron
    Ron says:

    I can think of many great uses for a safe like this. Along with the other great uses ;if you are not organized or in the habit of keeping important items centrally located, “safe” and easy to reach, having this would be a great motivator to want to keep those items in it. With a disaster recovery checklist you KNOW what you need will be there…I would add items such as a bank card and some cold hard cash just in case among other things. Learned that as a survivor of a few major hurricanes.

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