The convenience of paying bills online has been there for a long time. But most people do not take advantage of this facility because they do not want to go through the trouble of setting up the online system. What they do not realize is that online bill payment can have many advantages including savings in terms of time, effort and money.
Save time and effort
If you want to pay your bills offline, you will have to go through all the bills at the end of every month and mail checks for each of them separately, or even go and stand in queues. With online bill payment, you just need to get on the internet and pay the bill in a few minutes once your online account is set up. It can save you hours!
Online bill payments reduce costs for everyone. Companies do not have to print the bills and then mail them. Similarly, you do not have to spend any money in getting the checks mailed to the companies. A single click can send money from one account to another, thus saving money and eliminating a lot of hassle for everyone. Quite often, online bill payment services also give you significant discounts.
Reminders to pay bills
A very important part of paying bills is to remember which bills have to be paid when. With an online system, you can easily get alerts through e-mail or SMS whenever there are bills due to be paid. These alerts will remind you to login before your bill is due so you can always pay the bill on time.
If you pay bills manually, you will have to retain all the invoices and receipts to keep a record of the bills. However, when you pay bills online, you will have all the records on a database, and you can conveniently refer to them whenever you need to. You can always keep a track of where your money is going.
Automated bill payment system
You can set up an automated system for paying some of your bills, especially if the amount is fixed or below a particular limit. If it is above that limit, the bill will be paid only after you have given your approval. With automated bill payments, you can stop worrying about due dates, and rest assured that you’ll never miss a payment.