NEAT Receipts for Mac

by Jennifer Donovan

When NEAT Receipts contacted me recently and asked if I wanted to try out their new Mac version after the success of our first NEAT Receipts giveaway, I knew that some of you Mac-users would be interested. Not being a Mac girl myself, I asked my friend Katrina to try it out for me.

Katrina’s blog, Callapidder Days, is one of my favorites (and not just because she’s one of my best friends). She writes about a variety of topics–from frustrations at the grocery store, to parenting (a wise-beyond-his-years tween and a typical toddler), to game reviews and recommendations–and everything is so clever that it makes you smile, nod, and wish that you could write like that.

Here’s her review:

Last summer, 5 Minutes for Mom held a giveaway for the NEAT Receipts scanner, a nifty tool geared at helping you tame your paper piles. Though I wasn’t one of the lucky winners, I filed the product’s name away in the back of my mind as something I definitely wanted to get someday. But then I became a Mac girl and figured I was out of luck.

Well, I’m thrilled to announce that NEAT Receipts has recently announced the Advance Release of NEAT Receipts for Mac! And five of you will win one!

When this sleek little tool arrived at my house, I didn’t even have to think twice about how I would use it. We are finishing a basement remodel and I have a file folder stuffed with receipts, invoices, packing slips, and various documents related to that project. Even though all the items are technically contained in a single folder, the overflowing stash of paper was still stressing me out.

NEAT Receipts for Mac scannerNEAT Receipts to the rescue! It took me less than ten minutes to get NEAT Receipts up and running. I installed the software on my MacBook (and, by the way, the redesigned scanner coordinates perfectly with the MacBook – sleek, clean, white, very spiffy-looking). I registered my scanner online, took the virtual tour, and got right to work.

Using the NEAT Receipts scanner couldn’t be easier. Simply place the edge of your receipt or document in the scanner’s opening and press the Scan button. The paper is fed through the scanner and the software takes over. The NEAT Receipts software “reads” your receipts and records all the relevant information – vendor, transaction date, price, etc. So not only do you have a PDF version of your receipt (so you can finally toss the hard copy in the trash), but you also have the key data from that receipt available for sorting, searching, exporting, or anything else you might need to do with it.

I already have future scanning projects lined up. My husband is looking forward to handing over all his travel expense receipts and “letting” me create his expense reports. I have tax-related receipts and documents, kids’ artwork (I can’t keep every drawing, even though I’d love to), and recipes that I’ve clipped from magazines. All of them are scheduled to be scanned soon. It will be great to have a usable filing cabinet again. NEAT Receipts will definitely help me reduce the paper piles that threaten to take over this house.

Note: The Mac version of NEAT Receipts is an Advance Release, so that means it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the PC version does…yet. However, an update will be released in early 2009, and anyone who has purchased (or who wins) the Advance Release version will receive a free upgrade. You won’t miss out on anything. In fact, you’ve got nothing to lose except piles of paper!

If you’d like to win one of five of the NEAT Receipts for Mac, leave a comment here. We’ll publish the winners on July 24.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Olivia July 10, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I would love to get rid of the piles of paper that clutter my desk. Sign me up for your drawing.

2 Tanna July 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm

I’m making the switch to Mac very soon, this would be sooo nice to have.

3 Kari July 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm

oooooh oooooh ooooh, i’m a new mac girl and would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE/kill for one of these!! count me in, thanks so much girls!! :D

4 Allison July 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm

AH! I would LOVE this! I love my Mac, and have thought this was a very cool product…so great they have one for a mac now! Yay!

5 alison Bynum July 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm

oh my gosh i WANT TO WIN!!! the IRS would love you for it.

6 Staci J. July 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Oh my gosh!!! I want one so bad. We’ve seen the one for the PC and want one, but we have a MAC and were frustrated that they didn’t have one for a MAC. I am so excited to see that they have one now. I am just jumping for joy. I am starting my own business and this would come in so handy. I really hope I win!

7 Naomi July 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

I would love to try this! My paper stacks are crazy…

8 Hillary July 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm


9 Kendra July 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

That sounds super cool!

10 Michelle July 10, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I’ve been DYING to try this, and didn’t even know that it was already available for MAC. I could so use this, and am willing to provide pictures of my house as evidence! Thanks!

11 jenna July 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm

My hubby would love one of these!

12 Renee July 10, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I love it when a company finally realizes that Mac users want the cool stuff too!!!!

Yay! I would love one!

13 Jay July 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I’ve switched to Mac and am never going back! Love your blog, too. Thanks for being a great resource.

14 sally sansom July 10, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I would love to try this. I am a school principal and this would really help us organize all of the receipts we have to save. I am so glad it will work on a mac

15 Monkey Giggles July 10, 2008 at 11:16 pm

oooo la la…I would love to win.

16 dieMutti July 11, 2008 at 1:27 am

Mac to the core here, and since without me, no budgeting/receipt-saving/bill-paying would even get done, I think I deserve to cut a few corners! :) Thanks to you and to NEAT Receipts for a great giveaway!

17 Kimbrah July 11, 2008 at 1:40 am

Yay, another chance! Thanks so much for hosting this contest!

18 Beth Ann July 11, 2008 at 3:48 am

That is definitely too cool to pass up! What a GREAT invention! Put my name in the hat please! :)

19 Michelle July 11, 2008 at 5:50 am

I would love something like this to help me get rid of some of the paper clutter that surrounds my desk. I never know what to do with all of those receipts, yet I can’t get rid of them either, even though I will likely never need them.

20 hazel July 11, 2008 at 6:04 am

Currently my receipts are EVERYWHERE. They are in bags, boxes, on tables UGH!!! I love my Mac and my business but I am SO unorganized! I have been wanting one of these for years, have a heart and pick ME!!!!

21 Jennae July 11, 2008 at 6:52 am

As an avid Mac user and a perpetual collector of receipts (I have at least 10 shoe boxes, and those are just the ones I can find), this would be an absolute life saver. I never throw receipts away, and I would love a reason to do so. Pick me! Pick me!

22 Holly July 11, 2008 at 7:17 am

I would love to win this!

23 daycare girl July 11, 2008 at 8:38 am

Oh my goodness this would make my business so much easier to deal with! I’m so happy it’s available for Mac now!

24 Lani July 11, 2008 at 9:19 am

I saw that giveaway last time, and I was just thinking about it the other day! Please toss my name in too.

25 Blessed July 11, 2008 at 9:23 am

I certainly need this, and I’m a long time Mac girl – would love to win, my husband would love it too because it would help clear out a bunch of our paper clutter!

26 Evelyn in Mich. July 11, 2008 at 9:54 am

Would LOVE to win a NEAT receipts machine for Mac! We have 4 Macs in our house and PILES upon PILES of receipts collecting dust in our bedroom. If I had no self-pride, I’d post pictures.

Evelyn in Mich.

PS: Ironically (and shamefully) enough, I’m typing this comment on a non-Mac laptop. (I am running Linux as opposed to Windows on it though.) However, my main machine is a Mac.

27 Sarah VM July 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

YES YES! I would love to have this!


28 Jenn July 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

Oh my GAWD, this sounds like a dream come true! Count me in!

29 Sandra July 11, 2008 at 10:26 am

This is one area of clutter that I can never seem to get under control and organized for any period of time. This would be the perfect solution. I would love to be entered.

owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net

30 Betsy July 11, 2008 at 10:32 am

I would love to win one!

31 TopazTook July 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

Sign me up! (And everyone should use a Mac.)

32 Stacey Kannenberg July 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

Brilliant!!! Goodbye to boxes full of clutter! Thanks for sharing I had no idea anything like this was even available!!!

33 tammy b July 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm

oh please
oh please
oh please pick me! i’m a mac girl who has been drooling over this cool gadget for a couple years but was always disappointed cuz i couldn’t use it on my nifty little machine. ooh, maybe now i can finally be organized for tax time! :snort:

34 Rachelle July 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

This scanner sounds like a true answer to my paper overflow issues! I’ve been a total MAC person for years and am always frustrated by the lack of cool and helpful products for MACs compared to PCs. I’m so glad they decided to make this product MAC compatible! Great review, Katrina. Jennifer, so glad you posted this – was really helpful!

P.S. Pick ME for the drawing :) It’d make my life just that much easier :)

35 Melissa July 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Oh my goodness…my husband is self employed and this would be an answer to MY prayers! I would love for him to have this for all of his receipts.

36 Teresa July 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I am SOOO excited as we are a very proud MAC family and don’t always get the chance to win some of the other (non-mac) items! Thanks for a wonderful product and I can’t stop thinking of all the great ways I can put this item to use!!!

37 Gabriela July 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Wow! It’s so disappointing and frustrating as a MAC family not to be able to access the tools that others have access to because we use a different platform. Thanks for letting us know about this product for the Mac. I hope I win one.

38 oh amanda July 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Oh, oh, oh! My mac, my desk and my sanity would LOVE this!!

39 lindsey July 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm

thanks for the chance!
i’d love to win!

{ Lindsey }

40 Stacy F July 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Please help me get rid of the box o’ receipts that my husband insists on keeping!!!!!!!!!!!

41 Ma Val July 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Wow! It’d be like Christmas in July to win! I’d love to make both my desk and life neater.

42 clenna in NH July 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I am a Mac user. I would love to win one of these.

43 Tamara Cosby July 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I would love to win this! I am such a wanna be organizer! COUNT ME IN!!! And yes, I AM A MAC LOVER!

44 JoAnn July 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I would love Neat Receipts for Mac. I have always been a Mac girl and my birthday is July 20 so it would be a great gift!

45 Beth July 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Ooooh, I am a total receipt pack rat. This thing looks awesome!

46 Carla July 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

This is an awesome product! I just saw one on t.v. and thought it would be perfect for me. I am a big returner and rebater so I need a place to store my receipts.

47 Alice Hansen July 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I’ve heard of this – it sounds so great! Thanks for the giveaway!!

48 mannequin July 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Mr. Man sure could use this ; receipts scattered all about his desk, floor and wallet. Of course, it would be handy for me also, in many ways!

49 Kim July 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

I’m a Mac Girl and I want one!! Both of our computers (desk and laptop) are Macs and I’m so excited to see that they have come out with a Mac version of this product. Like you, I could think of many uses! =)

50 Ann July 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I hadn’t heard of this before but I would love to win this. I keep loosing receipts as I don’t really have a folder for most of them and this would be perfect!!!
Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

51 daisy028 July 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

ooooh! i could SO use this!!! crossing fingers!!

52 Michelle July 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Hi Jennifer ,Please count me in as I know just how useful this would be to me..Once you go to Mac you don’t go back ;-) thank you..

53 Mary July 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Great giveaway, thanks so much!

54 Leeanthro July 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

This would be great! I collect tuition at our school and I could scan the checks in each month to help keep track.

55 Heather July 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

I have a mac. I have receipts. It sure would be neat to get Neat Receipts. Great giveaway! Thanks!

56 Ashley July 11, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Wow! Wouldn’t this be a life saver for a stay at home mom whos business owner husband thinks she is his secretary.

Thanks for the opportunity!

57 Cindi July 11, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Not only do I want to win your fabulous prize, I need to win it! I am terrible about putting receipts in places and then never finding them again! Please enter me in your delightful contest. I appreciate it! Many thanks, Cindi

58 Kelby July 11, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Whoa, you wouldn’t believe how much we need this around this house! LOL. And hubbie has a Mac.
*crossing fingers*

59 haert2home July 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Please, please enter me in this fab giveaway!! We have a MAC and a mountain of receipts to rival Everest. Send help!!!

60 Melissa July 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Wow, this sounds awesome! Count this Mac girl in! What a great giveaway. Thanks for thinking of us Mac lovers ;P

61 Shani July 11, 2008 at 9:58 pm

That contraption just might save my life and my marriage!

62 kali July 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

This is fabulous! I love it, please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!

63 Christian Bruce July 11, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I have wanted one of these forever!! I just can’t justify spending the money on it. It seems like such a luxury. so I would LOVE to win it!!

64 Kathie July 12, 2008 at 7:33 am

this is so up my alley. sign me up!
design your own custom tote;

65 chris July 12, 2008 at 9:14 am

I’ve been trying to get organized all year (a new years resolution). I am making some progress but this would really help.

66 Laurie Moudy July 12, 2008 at 9:37 am

Oh how awesome, I just cleaned out my office this week from what looked like a tornado. One thing I can’t stand to have to keep for IRS purposes is receipts. This would be great!!

67 momhuebert July 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

I’ve never heard of this software, but it sounds extremely useful, and I’m thrilled to hear it’s for MAC! I’m definitely interested.

68 Alexis July 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I’ve been drooling over this at Costco and wishing that they had a Mac version! We are a Mac family and I need this – I have my own home business and my receipts are EVERYWHERE.


69 Talitha Weiss July 12, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Oh my. I am so excited about the release of this product. Talk about Spring (or Summer) cleaning! Please sign me up for the drawing. Good luck to all of you Mac Mommies!

70 Megan July 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

This would be great for me to convince my spender husband how much we really spend on certian things. Thanks!

71 Heather July 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I would love this…

72 Sundi July 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm

We just got a Mac, and I would so love to win this and use it for our house remodel file! Thanks for a great giveaway!

73 Fiddledeedee July 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Oh, for the love of all that is good, PLEASE random number picker, pick on me!!! I’m a Mac girl. With a million receipts. And I play the banker in our house. PICK ME!

74 Lisa July 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I would love to win this. What a way to clean up the mess on the hutch!

75 Vivian July 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I’d LOVE to win a nifty scanner. Sign me up for your drawing.

76 kristen July 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

We are a mac family and we would love this!

77 emily July 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm

This would be fabulous! I definitely need help controlling the paperwork.

78 Lona July 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Very cool! New to macs (2 months now) and the concept of storing receipts in the ‘puter. I’d like to try it.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

79 Kari A. July 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm

This would be fabulous!! I am a recovering pack rat – I would love a little help downgrading my paper stack!

80 jennifer o July 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I’ve been wanting something like this for budge tracking, I didn’t even know they existed!

81 Danielle K July 13, 2008 at 1:33 am

What A great idea for those of us who clip coupons and keep our register receipts…!!! Oh Yes, I want one.

82 Jody July 13, 2008 at 6:09 pm

This is pretty cool-it sure would beat our accordian file system which never seems to be up to date…

83 Cynthia July 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I would love one of these! I am so buried in paper, what a great solution! And for a Mac!
Cool giveaway! Thanks!

84 Maggie Smith July 13, 2008 at 7:40 pm

My wallet and my MacBook THANK YOU! WOO HOO!

85 Linda July 14, 2008 at 1:10 am

Pick me, Pick Me Please. I have a Mac and love it and this would be an great addition.

86 Julianna July 14, 2008 at 11:42 am

what a fantastic invention! i’ve been waiting for something like this to come along and eliminate the book shelf of concertina folios i’ve been collecting for so long!

87 Alexis July 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I’ve been a mac girl all my life. I would LOVE to win this!

88 valmg July 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I’m a Mac girl and I could really use this. Please, pick me, pick me!

89 Heather July 14, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I’m a MAC fangirl! I could certainly use this!

90 Sabrina Beganny July 14, 2008 at 8:57 pm

My husband saves EVERY piece of drives me NUTS! This would be a great tool to put all of his reciepts into our imac for safe keeping! I would also love this for all of my magazine clippings.

91 Christina July 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I want to win this!

92 Nicki July 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Hubby would love this!

93 Ginny July 15, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I’ve been wanting one of these!

94 soapbox mom July 16, 2008 at 11:23 am

Oh my gosh – I hope I’m no too late!! I first saw Neat Receipts on Martha Stewart and actually ran out that day to get one only to find that I couldn’t use it on my Mac.

Now I read this article!! Woo hoo!!!

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.
I would love one. Please enter my name!

95 Melissa July 16, 2008 at 5:26 pm

finally a good product like this for Mac! Sign me up for the drawing!

96 ardis July 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm

ever since I first saw a Neatreceipts kiosk at an airport two years ago I have been salivating in anticipation of the Mac version release. Having been a Mac Girl since the mid-eighties I am use to the long “wait” for those products that are first born for the PC world. I would LOVE to win this sweet little devise that has so long been the subject of a reoccurring dream. ; )

97 shirley cree July 20, 2008 at 9:14 am

macs since forever….. love the new ‘toy’….
thanx for the opportunity…..

98 tanyetta July 21, 2008 at 3:08 am

yes!!!! i am a mac user. count me in. thank you ;)

99 Heather (A Daycare Life) July 21, 2008 at 9:56 am

I have a home daycare & have SO many rec. that I have to keep for my taxes at the end of the year. So.. I would LOVE one of these!

100 grubmama July 21, 2008 at 10:40 am

This would be so nice to organize all my receipts in my drawer.

101 Sharon July 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm

My husband and I both need this. He needs it to keep his work expenses under control and I can use it for the house expenses. Those plumbers, repairmen, and HVAC cleaners can really add up!

102 joyglo July 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Both my daughter, who is still in college, and I need this. Thanks for the heads up on this Neat item.

103 gin July 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

how great that would be! i would love to be one of the winners!!

104 Carla Devine July 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

This sounds like a great way to get organized. Thanks for the contest

105 Lisa July 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I want the scanner and I am a MAC girl.

106 Sandy F. July 21, 2008 at 5:08 pm

this would be wonderful…i have tons of papers! please sign me up…thanks :O)

107 Erica July 21, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Ooh, my hubby just bought me a mac book, and I’m a coupon mom, so this sounds like the perfect way to blend those two worlds! Thanks!

108 Carolyn Barnett July 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

So cool,I hope i win.

109 spaghettipie July 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

This sounds fantastic!

110 Ruthie July 22, 2008 at 12:14 am

What an amazing opportunity! I can already imagine all the paper clutter leaving our home! Please sign me up!

111 Shay July 22, 2008 at 1:22 am

Wow! This would would be so awesome to win! I am currently in the process of cleaning out my files and receipts for the past 7 years (YIKES!) both here and in my classroom. It seems I am drowning in little pieces of paepr! I would love to go paperless for my receipts! Please sign me up! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

112 mom2gandc July 23, 2008 at 8:48 am

I feel like I am always swimming in paper- this would be perfect!

113 Emilie P July 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I’m not a MAC user myself, but my mom is and would totally LOVE this for all her stuff.

114 threadbeaur July 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I am a MAC girl. I would love to have NEAT Receipts. It would be so helpful keeping all my expenses inline. I am constantly sticking those little scrapes of paper everywhere. My console in my car is stuffed!!! My husband threatens to throw them away every time he gets in the car. Just the thought of being orgainized with all the paperwork side is wonderful!

What a wonderful giveaway!

115 Lisa P July 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Great giveaway!

116 Claire July 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm

oh this could be huge for us – great for not losing stuff, great for clearing clutter and GREAT for our marriage as this is a tension we have!!

117 Amy Henricksen July 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Neat Receipts looks like the perfect solution to my current mountain of paper receipts.

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