This past weekend, I decided to get my file box ready for 2012! To do this, I went through all of the 2011 files I had in my box (ex. utilities, credit cards, doctor bills, etc.), placed them in a plastic tub to be taken to the attic, and reorganized the box. After I got each file folder cleaned out, I placed the January bills that had been paid in their correct folder. During this process, I ran across my credit card bill. And, for the first time ever, I HAD NOT PAID IT!!! This bill was due on the 11th of January and I was completing this process on the 15th. YIKES! So, at that moment, I decided it was time to get a little more organized in the bill paying department. I can't let this happen again because my credit score is very important.
I went into Microsoft Excel and created the printable below:
Feel free to download this printable and use it at your home. I think it is going to help me keep my bills straight each month. Here is my printable filled out after January's bills have been paid.
I tried to put them all down from memory. I think I got them all.
It is now hanging on my refrigerator.
Yes, my refrigerator is a little messy, but we like to put appointments,
lists, and Kate's work in a place where we can see them every day.
In addition to this, I would like to share with everyone my process of paying bills each month. This will change once I get my kitchen nook redone with shelves and a counter top (which is actually in the works). I plan on making a small mailing station out of one of the shelves. So, stay tuned to see that addition!
When I get bills in the mail each month, I usually sit them together
between my canisters in the kitchen. I know this isn't the best approach to paying bills, but
I have to look at those canisters every day. Therefore, I know they won't get lost in the daily
shuffle of things. Somehow, this month, one got shifted to the wrong pile, which is how I
forgot to pay it. Hopefully, that won't happen again because of my monthly bill planner.
I pay bills 2 ways: online & through the mail. If I pay them online, then I print the confirmation
information and staple it to the the actual bill (the confirmation has the date). If I pay it by mail,
then I write the date and check number on the statement, make a copy of the check, and staple them
together. Then, I place all of the information in the right folder in my file box.
A closeup of my files.
The brand of file box that I use: Iris.
Once I get my kitchen nook finished, I will update everyone with my new bill sorting and paying system.