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George Ledo
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A couple of years ago I decided to start trying to pay bills online (utilities/etc.) instead of mailing checks. But it seems that recently, more and more, it's actually taking longer to pay online than with a check. Besides the passwords and all the security questions, you have to go through all the screens, all the verifications, and such. I understand the companies want to make it all look secure and all, but I have to wonder how much of this is fluff.

How do you feel about paying bills online?
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It's a pain if you have to use each separate bill website; but if you do it all through your bank website, it's a heck of a lot easier and more convenient than snail mail. Setting up recurring payments is particularly useful, I find.
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I have always been paranoid about online financial transactions, so I stick to writing checks out by hand and mailing them at the Post Office.
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On Jul 15, 2016, George Ledo wrote:
A couple of years ago I decided to start trying to pay bills online (utilities/etc.) instead of mailing checks. But it seems that recently, more and more, it's actually taking longer to pay online than with a check. Besides the passwords and all the security questions, you have to go through all the screens, all the verifications, and such. I understand the companies want to make it all look secure and all, but I have to wonder how much of this is fluff.

How do you feel about paying bills online?

I echo what landmark said. It takes me seconds (i.e. less than a minute) to pay a bill through my bank's site (assuming I preregistered the merchant / bill previously, which only takes a few minutes one time).

Fair disclosure, I am talking about paying bills in Canada using a Canadian bank. I'm honestly not sure I would feel AS secure paying bills online with a US bank, but I would still consider the online risk to be small.
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It is exactly the same in the US with larger and even smaller banks.
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I pay approximately 12 bills a month which includes credit cards and my mortgage. With one exception, the payment is posted to my accounts immediately. Over night, the transaction appears as pending in my bank account. I like paying this way because I can check the current status of the account, make the payment and see the new balance right away. I also have confirmation numbers just in case. Mailing a payment could take days to reach the supplier, and another couple to post. Meanwhile, my bank account doesn't reflect a payment. I have no problem logging in to each website. I periodically change the passwords just to be safe.

I do have the option to set up payments directly through my bank but again, dealing directly with the supplier give more up to date statuses.
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I normally pay them cash in a brown envelope.
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I've heard of paying bills, but I've never tried it.

What's the procedure?
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On Jul 16, 2016, S2000magician wrote:
I've heard of paying bills, but I've never tried it.

What's the procedure?


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On Jul 16, 2016, S2000magician wrote:
I've heard of paying bills, but I've never tried it.

What's the procedure?

I needed that. Thank you.

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