UPDATE May 16, 2014: It has been brought to our attention that Manilla is closing it’s doors. It is unfortunate because it really was a great product. According to their website they will be closing up shop on July 1 2014.
Take a look around your desk. How many bills or account statements are sitting around? Even if you answered ‘zero,’ you probably get a lot of your statements via email, right?
Most of my statements are sent via email too, but they still seem to clutter up my email account. The frustrating part is that I normally hit ‘delete’ or ‘archive’ so when I need to find a statement, it takes a while to search through my email. Sure, I could log in online to download the statement, but wouldn’t it be easy if there were a sort of ‘online’ filing cabinet to store your e-statements? There is, and it’s called Manilla.
What is Manilla?
Manilla is a free online tool that helps keep your bills and other statements organized. When you create your Manilla profile, you’re able to sync up with over 1,300 providers to manage your phone, cable, credit card, bank, investment, and many other kinds of statements all in one place.
How Secure Is Manilla?
Ok, before I share any other details, I know you’re asking about safety. Having all your statements in one place does seem a little concerning, but Manilla has you covered. With bank-level security, your information is protected.
Starting is Simple and Free
It took me less than 5 minutes to open my account and to add a few of the providers I use. The nice part about Manilla is that it doesn’t require much information from you to begin. The initial signup screen asked for name, zip, email, password and two security questions. That’s it!
All Your Accounts in One Place
As soon as you create your profile, you have the option to add accounts and services to Manilla under the accounts tab. All your services are kept on one page, which makes it really easy to see all your bills and statements at a glance. Even better, Manilla sorts out each account into household, finance, subscription, and travel & rewards categories.
When you’re adding your accounts, you’ll need to know the username and password for each site. You’ll only have to enter this information once since Manilla saves it for you – kind of like how Mint.com tracks your login information for your bank and credit card balances.
Remember, the main purpose behind Manilla is to help you to get organized and to give you a better way to visualize your bills and other statements. Instead of letting the bills pile up on your desk or in a filing cabinet, you can use Manilla to automatically organize each month’s statements.
Setting Reminders and Paying Your Bills With Manilla
One of the most helpful features of Manilla is the ability to set reminders for each bill. You can have them send an email or text message reminder up to 7 days before the bill is due. It will even send a notification to you if there is an overdue bill or issue that needs to be resolved with an account.
Another nice feature of Manilla is that you can pay your bill right from your Manilla account. When you see a bill that’s coming due soon, you can click a link that allows you to pay the bill on the spot. For those of us who are ‘visual’ people, the calendar view makes it easy to look ahead for bills that are coming up and to submit a payment with a few clicks.
Store Your Statements for Free
A lot of banks and institutions will only keep financial records and statements available online for a few months. If you don’t download them in time, you won’t have easy access to those statements without contacting each company through their service department.
With Manilla, you can keep your account statements stored on your profile for as long as you have an account with them. Since Manilla is free, there’s really no reason to close your account, but if you decide to do so, you can download all your statements for up to 30 days after you close your account.
My Take on Manilla
I love how simple Manilla is to use. The fact that I can store my statements for years is awesome, and the convenience of having them in one place is really great too. The dashboard is super easy to navigate and you feel more in control of your bills. Before you write off Manilla as ‘another online financial management tool,’ I’d encourage you to try it out. It’s free and you can delete your account at any time. The convenience of seeing all my bills in one place was worth the 5-10 minutes it took to set up, so I’m sure you’ll find Manilla worth it too.
How do you manage your monthly bills and statements? Have you ever tried Manilla? Leave a comment below!
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