I have been paying virtually all my bills on line for several years. I receive all but one of my monthly bills and statements on line also. The only one I get in the mail is for city water, sewer and trash pickup. The city doesn’t have a paperless billing system, but does have a feature wherein payment is made automatically from my checking account. I once wrote many checks each month, but now I write very few – mainly for home repairs, charitable contributions, doctors, annual homeowner’s and flood insurance, Xmas and Wedding gifts.
For the past few years I have had a specific goal for myself – get through a complete month without having to write even one check. I had one ground rule – that I would not deliberately put off writing a check for the sole purpose of achieving the goal. Some months I came very close, but the goal had not yet been accomplished – or, so I had thought.
Yesterday, I decided to write a blog post about this quest – one more example of how weird I have become in my dotage! So, I went back through my check register to document how I have often come very close in the past two plus years.
This year the number of checks I wrote, by month from January to June were: 4, 1, 4, 1, 1 and 3.
In 2008, by month there were: 1, 2, 8, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 4, 1, 1 and 9.
But when I checked the register for 2009 I discovered: 7, 2, 5, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 5, NONE!, 2, and 4. I had actually achieved my goal in October 2009 and I had failed to realize I had done so!
I can’t believe I missed this most momentous accomplishment! Maybe it’s because my bank statements are as of the 25th of each month, and I’ve never received a statement which did not have at least one check listed.
Anyway, though disappointed by this discovery I am quite relieved that I no longer have to go through such pressure each month! …….. God, I need to get a life!!!