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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn View Post
    Gotcha. I get it on my phone, but I'm not sure if you have a smart phone and/or good cell service.
    I do have a smartphone.Guess I could do that. Just thought auto pay would be easier. Pay without having to do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachcat View Post
    this is somewhat off topic, but how come the Postal Service still exists? I check my mail once, maybe twice a month....its all junk anyways. I check it more during Christmas, because it gets plugged up with all the catalogs and other crap.

    I just think of all the waste and money that could be save if the postal service was eliminated. I sit here with a pile of crap I got from my box this am. all going in the trash. and, if I don't get my mail, the mailman crams that #### in there so tight.....
    Well, there are some elderly folks that dont know how or wish to learn how, to use a computer. Snail mail is the only way they receive their bills or correspondence. Also, as I mentioned in my earlier post, the pediatrician receives quite a bit of mail from labs and insurance companies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    Well, there are some elderly folks that dont know how or wish to learn how, to use a computer. Snail mail is the only way they receive their bills or correspondence. Also, as I mentioned in my earlier post, the pediatrician receives quite a bit of mail from labs and insurance companies.
    yeah, good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmygdaughters View Post
    Well, there are some elderly folks that dont know how or wish to learn how, to use a computer. Snail mail is the only way they receive their bills or correspondence. Also, as I mentioned in my earlier post, the pediatrician receives quite a bit of mail from labs and insurance companies.
    I am far from elderly but I still enjoy writing checks. Weird quirk of mine, I guess.

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    Somehow we also were switched to SMECO paperless billing. I think companies look for any semi-justification to do this. During a power outage when my wife called in, she selected the option of receiving text notification of power restoration. Then she started getting texts notifying us of our bill amount and due date. That meant, as I found out, that we stopped getting our paper bills. I was, therefore, late on one bill before I figured out that they stopped sending ye olde' fashion paper bills. I sighed and just adapted to the new process. I'm currently "straddling" the digital/paper world. I pay most bills electronically already, but I still get some paper bills. I guess I'm slowly being moved to the digital world.

    Fun side story. Apparently with NFCU e-bill payment, some of the little companies still get a paper check from NFCU when I pay via e-billing. My trash company levied a late charge for a recent quarterly bill that was credited 5 days late. I had evidence of paying it on time, but the trash companies accounts person said she actually gets paper checks, and swears she checks their post office box every day. So I now have to adjust for possible slow mail delivery when I electronically pay my bill. What a wonderful modern world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RareBreed View Post
    I do have a smartphone.Guess I could do that. Just thought auto pay would be easier. Pay without having to do anything.
    It's a personal choice. I just never liked giving a company access to take money from my account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Z View Post
    Somehow we also were switched to SMECO paperless billing. I think companies look for any semi-justification to do this. During a power outage when my wife called in, she selected the option of receiving text notification of power restoration. Then she started getting texts notifying us of our bill amount and due date. That meant, as I found out, that we stopped getting our paper bills. I was, therefore, late on one bill before I figured out that they stopped sending ye olde' fashion paper bills. I sighed and just adapted to the new process. I'm currently "straddling" the digital/paper world. I pay most bills electronically already, but I still get some paper bills. I guess I'm slowly being moved to the digital world.

    Fun side story. Apparently with NFCU e-bill payment, some of the little companies still get a paper check from NFCU when I pay via e-billing. My trash company levied a late charge for a recent quarterly bill that was credited 5 days late. I had evidence of paying it on time, but the trash companies accounts person said she actually gets paper checks, and swears she checks their post office box every day. So I now have to adjust for possible slow mail delivery when I electronically pay my bill. What a wonderful modern world!
    That's also a good point. My oil delivery company doesn't have e-billing capability with their bank, and my bank has to issue checks. It's stated that way on my online bill pay area with my bank that it takes 5 days min to deliver.

    In my case, the company has an online payment portal that is instantaneous, so I go that route. Maybe your trash comapny has one of those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn View Post
    It's a personal choice. I just never liked giving a company access to take money from my account.
    Good point! Never thought about it like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RareBreed View Post
    Good point! Never thought about it like that.
    Also, auto payments can be tough to stop. Stopping a check is easy, give bank check #, but banks typically want you to jump through hoops to stop ACHs. For example, if you want to stop the auto bill pay from that gym you quit months ago, banks (depending on which one) will want the exact dollar amount, some won't stop reoccurring payments, forcing you to call the bank every month to stop payment. Banks force you to process the stop payment 3 days in adavcen of the payment and if they ask for written confirmation, you have to send that in 14 days before. Some may even charge you to end automatic payments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RareBreed View Post
    I am far from elderly but I still enjoy writing checks. Weird quirk of mine, I guess.
    So does my husband, I dont get it.

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