Do you struggle with due dates? You’re not alone. Many people have difficulty paying their bills on time. The truth is that you can pay your bills on time with just a few tweaks to your budget and life. How so? Let’s start by exploring some reasons you might be late on your bills.
Top 3 Reasons You Might Be Late On Your Bills
Okay, here are some of the reasons that so many people are late on their bills. Do they sound familiar to you?
- You don’t have enough money in your checking account and are waiting until payday. Juggling paydays with bill due dates rarely works. There’s got to be a better way! We’ll address how to solve this problem a bit later.
- You simply forgot that you had a bill due. Paper bills get lost on your desk. eBills (electronic bills) are somewhere in your email box, but you don’t have a clue where to find it. You get the idea!
- Your spouse forgot to pay the bill. That’s their fault, right? Hmmm, we’ll have to talk about this one.
Looking through these top reasons you might be late on your payments, can you think of any solutions? Are they in or out of your control? Let’s explore each of these in more detail.
How To Pay On Time
Here are the meat and potatoes of how to pay your bills on time:
- Spend this month’s income next month. This is one of the best ways to ensure your checking account is always nice and plump, able to handle any regular bill that comes its way. No longer will you have to wait for payday to occur before you pay your bills. Why? You’ll already have a month’s worth of income in your checking account ready to be spent. Not only that, you’ll feel a tremendous amount of peace knowing that you won’t overdraft your account. Bonus! This is a key principle of how to make a budget.
- Use a to-do list or tracker. If you often forget to pay your bills, that means you aren’t being notified that you have a bill due or that you aren’t filing the bill properly in a system to help remind you. For paper bills, simply write on the envelope the amount due and the due date. Keep paper bills in plain sight where you regularly work. For eBills, use a tracker such as ToDoIst.com (free version available) to remind you when you have a bill coming up. If you’re a Mac nerd like myself, you might consider Things for Mac. You can also use your to-do list tracker for paper bills, if that makes life easier for you!
- Pay your incoming bills as soon as possible. This is perhaps the best way to ensure you don’t forget – don’t procrastinate! Once you have gotten to a point where you can spend this month’s income next month, paying your bills immediately will become a cinch!
- Communicate with your spouse frequently about the finances. Your spouse might not have a system in place to always remember to pay the bills. If they pay the bills in your household, ask them how in the world they remember to do so! You might be surprised at the system they use. Or, you might discover that they struggle with it. Bring them to this article and walk them through how to pay the bills on time – in a loving way, of course.
- Use a service like Manilla. Manilla is a free online tool that helps you organize and manage all your bill payments so you never forget any and are always on time!
There you have it! Paying your bills on time requires a few tweaks here and there, but you can do it! If you don’t immediately get to the point where you can pay your bills on time, pick yourself up and keep trying. Never give up!
How do you manage your bills? Do you have any tricks we can learn from you?
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