The Task: To switch all of my paper bills and account statements to electronic bills.
The Why: I could probably wax poetic about how switching to online bills is so much better for the environment and will save trees, and of course all of that is true and good, but honestly my motivation here is to avoid the counter clutter and have less stuff to file away every month!
Besides, after sorting through all the books on Monday and dealing with the sentimental stuff yesterday, I needed an easy task that wouldn't tug at my heart too much, ya know?
The How: I've been putting this off for a really long time (like,um....a year) because I thought it would be this big annoying task to go through all my bills and make the switch. But apparently my bank has a service that allows you to switch all of your bills to online bills without even leaving their website....which kinda made me feel like a fool for putting it off for so long.
Total Time Spent: About 20 minutes.
The Verdict: Some of my accounts were charging me a small fee for my monthly statements, so this switch is going to save me a few dollars every month. And now when I stroll down to the mailbox at the end of my driveway it will be filled with only happy things like cards and letters and coupons!
But mostly, it's about the counter clutter.
You can read about the environmental benefits of switching to online bills here.
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