Do you plan bill paying days?

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    • #302870

      Do you plan your bill paying days for certain days of the month, or do you pay them when they come due? How do you plan your bill paying? I’m trying to get ideas for how to pay the bill on time.

    • #431289

      we are fortunate enough to be able to pay the bill as soon as we get it that way it does not get lost or forgotten impatient smilie

    • #431290

      Me too mommalis, I use the bill pay feature of our bank online and keep a printed list of all our monthly bills beside the computer. When the latest bill arrives, I log into the bank and set it to be paid in the bill pay function. Then I make a check-off of the item on the list so my other half can see what is paid and what still needs to be paid.

      It saves on arguments!

    • #431309

      I wrote a list of my bills and there due dates then I put all the ones that are due on the 1-15 of the month in one list and the 16-31 of the month in another list. I pay my bill 2 times a month on the 1st (bills due 1-15) and the 15th (bills due 16-31). I also did a cash flow chart for a month to make sure the money would be there. It worked out pretty good, there is barely no late payments unless I forget something by accident when I forget to look at my list.

    • #431387

      I do as bleedingace does as well. I have a google spreadsheet with all of my recurring bills. All of my payments (the company, the minimum amount due if credit card, the amount to pay off in 3 years since that’s my goal, the interest rate, the balance, and the due date) are listed and I have 2 columns per month – amount paid, date scheduled since I pay them online.

      I’ve switched to online/email bills since I already know what’s due when.

      Since I get paid twice a month (15th, last day), the bills due at the beginning of the month get paid out of the last paycheck and the bills due at the end (2nd half) of the month get paid out of the check on the 15th.

      With my rent and car payment, I split them in 1/2. So I pay 1/2 of my car payment each paycheck. This saves me a small amount on the interest. I also pay an $20/month towards it as well.

      Next month I’ll probably up that extra per month payment to $40. I don’t “pay” my rent early, but I save 1/2 the money from the 15th paycheck. It works wonders.

      So when my purse full of cash was stolen (just got the $ out of the bank for the cash envelope system), I had already “saved” 1/2 of the rent separately.

      I also do a bit of the envelope method at home. When I get paid I take $300 out of the bank in cash. I try to get smaller bills to make it easier.

      Then I have a specific amount that I put in envelopes. For example, I have envelopes for: groceries, gas, clothes, misc, each daughter has an envelope, gifts, the salon (hair and/or nails), emergency planning, holidays, etc. The envelopes stay in my home until I need to make a specific purchase.

      I do keep gas $ in the car (hidden). This also helped save me so I could go back and forth to work after my purse was stolen.

    • #432122

      All our bills and paid by direct debit and all taken on pay day. Helps to keep all our finances in order doing it this way.

    • #441195

      I pay bills twice per month, 1st and 15th. As bills come in I note the due dates then arrange them in due date order on a clipboard in our home office. then on the 1st and the 15th, I pay what is due …all before due dates to avoid surcharges

    • #441406

      I wrote out a budget that stretches for about six months in advance to make sure we have money to pay bills. My husband gets paid every other week, so I wrote down certain bills for certain paychecks. Typically it works out to where I’m paying the same bills every other paycheck (once a month), but occasionally there are months with an extra paycheck and I have to re-work things.

      I know it sounds confusing, but it works for me and my family. I’m sure you will find something that really works for yours. 🙂

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