January 23, 2012
I am a super-organized neatnik…but I can’t seem to stay on top of paying bills. Maybe because it’s so boring, maybe because it is math-related – and I avoid anything math-related like the plague – but my organization just falls apart when it comes to finances. (Yes, I could set up automatic bill pay, but, much like I drive a manual transmission, I like to stay in control of stuff.)
So, it was with great relief that I stumbled upon Manilla, a service that organizes your bills and keeps track of due dates – and it’s not just for credit cards. You can add your cell phone, utilities, loans, loyalty programs, daily deals and even magazine and Netflix subscriptions – more than 1,200 service providers in all. If you want to add an account that is not listed, just request it and they’ll let you know when it’s available.
You can access all of this info in an easy-to-use interface that shows what’s due when – and you only need to remember one password. The site is protected with bank-level encryption to keep the bad guys out. Everything is archived for future reference. If you delete an account, the information is wiped off their servers forever – or digitally shredded if you will.
The kicker? This is free. As they explain on their website, companies spend about $0.75 on each bill they send you. By paying a small fee to Manilla, they end up saving a lot of money – and we, their customers, don’t have to worry about filing and shredding. It’s so win-win, it’s ridiculous.
I just signed up – it took all of a minute. Give it a go, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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