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9 Things You'll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box

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In today’s digital age, in which seemingly anything that matters is stored virtually “in the cloud,” a physical safe deposit box comes across as a relic of the bricks-and-mortar past. But don’t be too hasty to dismiss the importance of keeping certain valuables securely tucked away in your bank’s vault. A safe deposit box can offer critical protection for important documents and prized possessions.

“I have birth certificates and Social Security cards and old valuable baseball cards that were my father’s in a safe deposit box,” says William P. Simons IV, president and CEO of Rust Insurance Agency in Washington, D.C.

A safe deposit box isn’t a wise choice for everything, however. We talked to experts to come up with a list of nine things you might come to regret locking away in your bank, which isn’t open nights, holidays or perhaps even weekends. Instead, Simons recommends storing important items that you need to access more frequently or on short notice in a fireproof home safe that’s bolted to the floor. See the list of safe deposit box no-no’s.

SEE ALSO: 9 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

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