BILLS! Yuck. No fun to get but we have to keep track of them somehow. Here is a peek at how I do it:
Here is the front. I may not like paying bills but it helps if the stuff I'm working with is pretty. I know I'm weird that way, you should see some of the pens I have. Anyway, when I look at the picture of the cute little yard it reminds me how lucky I am to have a home full of people I love. Jehovah-Jireh is also on the cover, which means 'The Lord will provide'. He has so many times and it is a nice reminder that it's a blessing to have bills to pay because it means I have a home, utilities and food.
Here is the inside. After I get a bill, I mark the due date on my calendar (that's a whole other post) then I stick it in the front pocket. I also keep automatic draft info in there as well. In the zipper bag is our credit cards ( I don't like to carry them in my wallet ) and some banking info and things like that. I also have a checklist on the front that I review every month to make sure I've paid everything. It might sound elementary but it helps me to check off each one and see they are all taken care of. If you laminate it you can use a dry erase marker too. I obviously covered the bills because that's just a little too much information to send out in blogland. :)
After the zipper bag is a list of all of our passwords, which is becoming increasingly large! Then I have a file folder for each month of the year. The current month is at the front and after a bill is paid and the confirmation number written on the stub it goes into the file folder ( I put a paper clip at the top of each to hold them ) Then when the month is over I move that folder to the back of the binder and start all over again. When I start a new month, I remove the stubs from the previous year and shred them. This way I have my stubs for a full year in case any problems arise. It has definitely helped me out in the past.
Well there it is in a nutshell. If you have any ideas for simplifying this process, feel free to share!
I love waking up to the rain then turning over and going back to sleep. I love kissing my kids on the cheek to wake them each morning. I love kissing my husband on the cheek before bed each night. I love decorating my house and making gifts for my friends. I love making to-do lists and crossing things off them. I love reading a great book while drinking a Route 44 Diet Dr. Pepper from Sonic. I love snuggling under the covers when it's cold outside and watching a movie. I love listening to loud music in the car, especially music my kids hate. I love meeting friends for the first time and knowing they will be your friend for a lifetime. I love taking Sunday afternoon naps. I love watching the first snow of winter fall. I love friends who make me laugh so hard I cry. I love that I have several of those friends. I love late night drives and early morning prayer. But most of all I love the Lord and my family. I love that they all love me back despite my many flaws. I love that you are here and hope you come back again.