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ReneeG

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Posted: 09/09/20 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since I prefer to enjoy the vacation and not worry about the bills, I pay them in advance using our online banking system and setting them up with a future pay date to work with our pay being automatically deposited. In the past, I would take my entire bill paying folder and pay them on the road using the laptop we take along, but I'd rather be reading or painting than paying bills out on the road!


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Posted: 09/09/20 10:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do as the others have posted. Usually i set up the utilities to auto pay (if theres a problem later, i can always work it out but there never has been). Our CC's have all been set to be due on the same day of the month and we always pay them online. Private phone hotspot and secure banking ap handles it as safely as possible.
And we always have a neighbor pickup the mail too in case anything unexpected arrives.

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The DW either calls the companies and pays by credit card or uses her cellphone as a hotspot and pays by her laptop. She has a list of all of our bills and when they are due.
It's quite easy compared to getting mail.


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Most bills are auto-pay
One I mail a check
Rest on-line payment.


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The rare times we need to send a check, we use our credit union or bank's online bill paying service. They send the check and we don't even pay for the stamp...


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we have all our regular bills on autopay. that includes credit cards, utilities etc. Use quicken with our hotspot when we have cell service to look at the accounts.


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We like to check our accounts periodically. We've been hacked several times and the most interesting one was plane tickets. The flight was 3 weeks away from Dallas to Atlanta and they got the red carpet greeting at the airport. Go figure!

Actually the $950 hiking boots (not a typo) from CO was interesting. The day before delivery they changed the Fed Ex address to a nearby city and a lady accepted the package. I'm reasonably sure the CC information was stolen at a local hospital cafeteria. Guess they don't pay the staff enough.

For clarity we've never paid a dime for fraud on our accounts. Instead that's paid by those that pay interest on their accounts...


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CA Traveler wrote:

...For clarity we've never paid a dime for fraud on our accounts. Instead that's paid by those that pay interest on their accounts...

DW got skimmed at a gas pump once. CC company handled everything, no problem. That is until several years later when they declined a several hundred $ purchase from an out of state company i had never done business with before. I called them to tell them to allow the charge and they said they couldnt do that as their insurance company (they apparently dont self insure) wouldnt allow it on that account. "But thats a different account # and everything along with several years and many many thousand dollars of paying on time since the skim". Doesnt Matter- that account will ALWAYS be linked to criminal activity, even after changing card and account numbers.
So i canceled the account. What good is a card that you cant use when you want. This was Chase Bank fwiw and i have perfect credit and always had. Dont know if the other big banks do business in a similar manner.

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Auto pay and a text every morning from bank with updated balance.

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kellem wrote:

Auto pay and a text every morning from bank with updated balance.


yup. and in addition to my earlier post we have set up text and e-mail alerts from our bank and credit cards for any ttansaction >$1. charges, checks, deposits, withdrawls..anything >$1 and we're norified.


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