I thought over the next few days, I’d share with you all some of my favorite ways I keep organized.
Today, I’m showing you my bill box. Oh how I love my bill box! Going out to buy one *might* be my favorite part of the new year.
You’ve all seen these accordion files before, right? You can get a solid colored one at any office supply store or super center. Those run about $8. I usually spend a little more and get a cute one to make my bill paying life more pleasant.
Here’s last year’s:
I label it with the year clearly on the outside.
Some of these files come pre-labeled. I don’t really like their categories, so I re-label. I bought a pack of file folder labels for just a few dollars 7 or 8 years ago and I still haven’t used them all.
You can label them however fits your needs. I use the following categories:
Debit Receipts/Check Duplicates (I clear this one out after I’ve entered receipts and reconciled statements)
Receipts (for major purchases)
Utah Power (electric)
At the end of the year, I take the entire box downstairs to our storage room. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and it’s easy to locate something should the need arise. Like the time the cable company turned us over to collections for a $16 bill because they hooked cable up at a house we hadn’t lived in for THREE YEARS and then tried to tell me I never paid off our original account. And I’m still bitter about it. :o)
Next up? The Family Binder