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Hi Everyone...

Any suggestion on a system to pay bills.  I tried to stay organized with the bills and then I falter and fall way behind and spend my time finding the bills and paying a lot of money I don’t have in late fees on top of the bill itself.  So frustrating!!!

H E L P!!!  Any suggestions or creative ideas to help me with this problem I seem to not have a handle on???

Thanks so much for your help...

sue



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      Inakika wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • Lori, your blog is well named, knowledge is POWER!



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      Unlockingdreams wrote Jan 11, 2009
    • I don’t like to pay bills, so I try not to make too many estatic
      Since I have my paycheck direct deposited, every 2 weeks I sit down at the computer to look over my pay I received and while there I made up a list of bills to pay online through my bank account (instructions will be on your account page).  Every 2 weeks when I sit down to see what I was paid from my employer, I can also see the bills that need to be paid and when they are due.  I open up another window on the internet and look up my bills one at a time, to see how much it is and when it is due.  Then I pay those bills that are due or will be due soon right through my bank account.  The biggest issue I am having right now is medical bills that keep coming in from a surgery I had a few months ago.  I can’t budget for those, but at least I can see how much money I have after paying my bills and I can see how much my bank account will allow me to send in on those bills. Remember, don’t clean out your account, you will need money for gas and food (don’t eat out everyday, pack a lunch). I hope this helps....



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 12, 2009
    • I have most of my bills set up thru my banks web pay. I set it up to send me reminders and notices when a bill has been paid. I also have one of those dividers for each day of the month for items I can’t pay thru my bank. This has helped me to stay on top of things.  

       However I am the one that has to set up the organization and open the bills and sit down to take care of. If I don’t do it it just doesn’t get done.



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      Psalmist wrote Jan 12, 2009
    • sue: lori, vikki and i seem to employ the same methods.  might i also recommend using the recurring appt feature on an online calendar to remind you about certain bills that somehow seem to frequently get forgotten (i use both my outlook and msn calendars).



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Jan 12, 2009
    • At all of my offices, I use QB’s and/or outlook calendars.  At home, I have folders with bills in dated order.  First to pay to last.  I usually pay my home bills twice a month.   The 1st and the 15th is a good general rule of thumb.  It’s such a time consuming job (or I have that many bills, ugh!) that I have to split it up.

      xoxo



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      Lovehearts wrote Jan 12, 2009
    • Thank you so much everyone for all the great suggestions.  This will surely help me get a grip on the bill paying process and try to avoid those late fees.  

      Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

      blessings!!!



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