I used to be terrible about paying things on time. I mean TERRIBLE. When I got married, the wonderful Mr. W taught me that there is a way to stay sane and caught up on paying bills. And as I got more comfortable putting my entire brain into my Filofax I knew I needed to come up with a system that was right in front of me every time I opened to a day and saw what needed to be done. So, without further ado I’m going to explain what works for me. Hopefully this might help someone else with keeping up on bills!
First, I needed a way to remind myself. So I designed Bill Tags that I then laminated (I used packing tape and then cut out around it) Here is the Bill Tag:
I left room on the left of the tag to add the date of the month and the name of the bill. I used a separate little sticky label (that I cut to size) and stuck that on top of the laminate so if I want to change it out for another bill sometime, I have that option.
Here is a bill stuck into my Filofax:
I paid it, so I pull it off the day:
And then using Elmer (Elmer’s Glue Dot Runner) I stick it onto the 10th of next month:
It is now ready and waiting for me to see when I get to the 10th of the next month, and I will then remove it and move it ahead another month.
The final thing I do is check that bill off my chart for each month that I keep in the “Bills” section of my Filo- it’s colorful and seems massive, but it works for me. I can see at a glance what bills have been paid for each month:
And that’s it! Bills get paid, our lights stay on, etc, and I feel organized and in control in a cute and fun way.