At long last, I finally feel as if I’ve gotten back on top of our finances after an unbelievably busy summer. In addition to the move, our banking changeover, and my new job, my laptop went down early this summer and I lost my copy of Quicken. It wasn’t catastrophic — I had all the data backed up — but after I got my laptop back from the service center, I was unable to find the Quicken install disc and so I promptly began falling farther and farther behind on record keeping.
By the time I was able to get Quicken re-installed and spend the necessary time updating it, three months had passed. Aaargh! For an obsessive compulsive checkbook balancer like me, catching up was a major project. But now that I’m back on top of things, I’ve been able to focus on getting in the groove when it comes to online banking, bill payment, etc. No more close calls for us!
I’ve now requested eBills for every company that offers them, and have set up automatic payments for everything, including our electric bill, phone bill, Dish Network bill, and mortgage – in fact, I even automated our mortgage pre-payments so we can knock it out early. I’ve also ratcheted up our automatic investments in accordance with our increased income.
Now, with any luck, I’ll be able to keep up with it all from here on out. And if not, I just need to be sure that we have enough money in our checking account to keep us from bouncing the payments. 😉