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How to use Evernote: Managing Your Bills

I hate delaying things, and especially paying bills. I don't take my shoes off before walking around the house if I'm bringing a bill in from the mailbox. Nearly all of our bills and payments are now done online and here's how we manage them.

First I've created a notebook in Evernote labeled Bills. Anytime I pay money for something it goes into this notebook.

Within Bills I can find everything I've paid. For labeling I include the type of bill in the note title and the date it arrived to me in parentheses. I also take a picture of the bill. A lot of people online suggest scanning these documents but I've found that simple images from my iPhone 4 are clear enough for me to go back and find important details. The second note - my OPlates registration - is just the confirmation copied from their site. Evernote really makes it easy to copy those confirmation numbers that are a jumble of letters and numbers.

Finally, once I take a picture I'll include how I paid the bill and when that payment is scheduled to arrive. I do a lot from my iPhone so usually the note will say "Payment scheduled from iOS to arrive on 1/21".

Saving these Bills to Evernote has been a wonderful experience because now the mail gets sorted immediately upon entering the house and we have a lot less paper.

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