December 13, 2008

Bill-Paying Calendar on GCal/GMail

Posted in ADHD, Organization, Posts by Renee, Tools at 12:39 am by bloggingawayadhd

I’m notorious for missing bills. I’m sure I have paid several hundred dollars of late fees in my lifetime, which I can’t really afford to be doing.

I don’t have so much money that I’m willing to set up auto-payment for all of the bills online (for fear of risking overdraft), but I did set up auto-payment for 2 of my smaller bills through my bank website.

For the rest, I set up a Google Calendar with alerts. So, I get notified the day I need to put bills in the mail (I thought about notifying myself further in advance, but then I’d put it off and probably forget.) Now I just have to remember to take it to the post office once I fill it out! If I still have trouble, I’ll set up 2nd alerts for the day after the payment should be mailed, saying “Have you mailed the Credit Card bill yet?” I also enabled the calendar widget in Google Labs so it shows up in my GMail sidebar.

Now if I could only get better about balancing my checkbook. (Thank goodness for online bank statements!)

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3 Comments »

  1. Jeff said,

    Hope you are doing well and enjoying the start of a new year.

    Some advice: do all your bill payment online and set up automatic payments. Then you only have to remember one thing…make sure there is enough money in your checking account.

    As for balancing my checkbook…I stopped doing that many years ago. I just check the statement for strange transactions.

  2. Jeff said,

    Now…if I only read your post more slowly I would have noticed that you *ALREADY* set up automatic payments online. Hmmm…wonder if my A.D.D. caused me to read too quickly. ;)

  3. bloggingawayadhd said,

    I gave up on balancing my checkbook, too! I just log in to online banking and read it over to make sure nothing looks fishy. Not a perfect solution, but about as good as I think it’s going to get for me. Problem is, sometimes checks take a while to go through in certain cases, which is why I don’t do auto bill-pay on my biggest bills – I’ve overdrawn before because of not remembering outstanding checks! Now I check my statement to make sure my big checks have gone through before submitting payment for the next big bill.


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