Pclasp (@admin)
7 months ago

If your filing habits are anything like mine, you have a place where you stack all your bills and papers, in the hopes that if you don’t take care of them, they’ll go away. Unfortunately, companies that I owe money to don’t seem to have the same vision, and my shoebox-style monthly bill organizer isn’t helping me keep bill collectors happy.

I needed a new method of staying ahead of the bill-paying game, I realized, and went in search of ways to set up a new monthly bill organizer. My first stop in the hunt for a better monthly bill organizer scenario began with a search on the internet, which ended up leaving me boggled at the options available.

Site after site touted their version as being the best money could buy, promising a clean desk and knowing exactly where I stood in regards to what bills needed to be paid. What was interesting were that many were just like mine, shoeboxes, only fancied-up with a few more slots and a sleek design. Already having tried that, I aimed for a monthly bill organizer higher up on the design scale.

One design that caught my eye was a wooden box with multiple slots on the top. There were 32, in fact, with one for every day of the month, plus an extra. That was exactly what I needed, I thought, and sat down to read more. There was a handy drawer at the bottom of the monthly bill organizer for stamps and pens, and the box itself was attractive. The price wasn’t that bad either, this monthly bill organizer came in at less than $100. Apparently, getting organized has a cost.

Another type was software that I could install in my computer, which seemed right up my alley. I spend a fair deal of time in front of the keyboard, and I could enter my bills to pay in a nicely-interfaced database that would remind me with notices when a bill was due. The idea was great, but it meant I’d have to get my shoebox and organize the contents before I even got organized.

With a sigh, I picked up my faithful shoebox. Battered and worn, it hugged a month’s worth of notices and statements (and more). Picking up the stack, I leafed through every bill, glancing quickly at the amounts and shuddering, hiding the larger totals under the bottom of the stack and putting the more manageable bills on top. I was an escapist, I realized, using the kindly shoebox to help myself pretend that the money I made in a week could stay in my bank account. I didn’t need a monthly bill organizer. I had the perfect one right here.