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In the three years I’ve lived here I developed a bit of a ritual when it came to paying bills. One day I would walk around town to pay my rent, electric and water. Another day I would go online to pay my internet bill. Netflix is charged automatically.
This past winter meant that I was forced to walk in freezing temperatures every month; some days it was just too cold (or icy) and I would have to wait until the conditions eased.
I didn’t enjoy having to wait to pay my bills. I like to get them over with so that I can go on with my life. I considered my options and after getting permission from my landlord I decided to start paying all my bills by check, using the postal system.
I took one night to pay my internet bill online and write out the checks for my rent, water and electric. The checks were placed in my mailbox and the flag raised for the local mailman.
It felt odd the first time I did it. All of my payments were mailed before the first day of the month. I even went ahead and ordered more checks and stamps – I had planned to order them later in the month but I reasoned that it made sense to get it over with. During the next few days I checked my bank account to verify that each payment was received and cashed, which of course they were.
This is the second month that I will be doing this. Two whole months of not having to lose a significant chunk of time walking around to the various places to pay my bills and all it costs me are a few measly stamps.
I like the fact that this method saves me time. I also like the fact that this decision helps support the postal system in our country, which is struggling to meet expenses.
I especially like the fact that I won’t have to walk around in the cold come winter.
The best part of this method is the fact that all of my bills are paid in a single sitting, leaving me to get on with my life. Like so many people, I have better things to do.
How do you pay your bills? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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