• It's nice that we send a check to Sallie Mae every month for my education. Even though I make the least amount of money in this family. Nice.
  • Savings: Look we pay ourselves first.
  • Life insurance: If anything happens to Logan, pretend you didn't see this. Okay?

This is how I track all automatic and other bills

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Please tell me how great Quicken is! Please! Because I don't know and I'm only doing this because no one has ever told me how great Quicken is!

(I like the concrete nature of the paper and pen.)

  1. Genie Alisa 102 months ago | reply

    I use Money 2006 and really like it. But yeah it and Quicken and all the others like it are incredibly cool and a life saver, particularly if you are a couple sharing money.

  2. Kim E 102 months ago | reply

    I am very much a hands-on, out-of-sight-out-of-mind person so as soon as I open Quicken, enter, and close, it no longer exists. I'm really sure this isn't a healthy way to deal with your financial shiznet.

    In acknowledging my shortcomings, I must therefore keep a hand-written daytimer and bill organizer just to maintain a semblance of pseudo-organization. But between you and I, it's all a ruse.

  3. paula_campana 102 months ago | reply

    Please help me! I need to organize my bills. Tell me your get out of debt secret. Please....

  4. jgsearls 102 months ago | reply

    You know what? I actually like your method. My husband is a died-in-the-wool Quickenizer (aaccckkk...blech) and I begrudgingly enter in my stuff only to get a chart that shows how much I spent on Dunkin Donuts' coffee in a year! He's got an Excel spreadsheet that tracks bills paid - why? When he "quickenizes?" I. Don't. Know. If he were hit by a truck, I'd toss that Excel spreadsheet post haste and make up a sheet like yours.

  5. LadyBug4791 102 months ago | reply

    I'm a pencil-and-paper gal, myself. I tried putting our financial stuff in the computer, but it was actually TWICE the work for me, because I would do it by hand, and THEN put it in the computer. That lasted...oh, maybe two months?

  6. not1worry 102 months ago | reply

    Hah! That looks almost exactly like my bill pay system, only my paper goes widthways instead of longways. I don't just put a check, I write the date and the amount paid in the little square. It's so nice to look across the row and see how our electric bill went up and down. I have online bill pay, but I don't trust myself to remember to use it or to use it properly. Sooooo glad to see I am not the only one with a piece of paper containing our entire financial picture.

  7. jen14221 102 months ago | reply

    I have almost exactly the same thing except it's on an Excel spreadsheet, and it totals for me automatically at the bottom. Like, did you know we paid over 11 grand in fucking bills in September?

  8. t.sullivan photography 102 months ago | reply

    i have almost exactly the same bill list set up, check boxes and all, except mine is in Excel :)

  9. Lisherloo [deleted] 102 months ago | reply

    You are a step ahead of me as your checklist is actually printed. I have a lovely hand made version.

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