I don’t really have a home budget, because I’m pretty thrifty with most things (with the exception of the occasional modest splurge!), and because I don’t like to use cash much, a written budget wouldn’t work for me. But I do have a system for paying bills on time.
After it is paid, I usually file it away in a folder, but the Dated Bill Planner from REDSTARink is a great way to organise all your bills in one place. It has a ‘to pay’ and ‘paid’ pocket for each month of the year, and a calendar for marking due dates.
I also like to record the bills that I’ve paid in this yearly record which I made on my computer. I can plan for bills in advance, and avoid ‘bill shock’ when a large quarterly or annual bill arrives in the mail.
Here is the free PDF of the bill planner: ZoeAtHomeBillPlanner2013.
Join me next time, when I will be showing you a few simple tricks to help you get organised for tax time.
More from this series:
- Part 1: Elements of a functional home office
- Part 3: Getting organised for tax time
- Part 4: Clear your desk – clear your mind