If you have trouble organizing your finances, banking can be a real challenge. From figuring out how much money you owe to whom when bills are due to figuring out how much you have left, the process is often confusing. How can you make it easier? By fully utilizing your bank's online services. Many bank users don't know about all the exciting modern options for banking by mobile device, computer, and even text.
Here are a few ways that anyone can try.
Online Bill Pay. Online bill pay is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to organize your financial life. This service—often free from your financial institution—allows you to pay recurring bills either automatically or by manually entering amounts yourself on your computer or phone. Set up monthly bills like the utilities, rent or mortgage, and credit card payments to be paid at a specific time each month. The amount is deducted on the date you wish and sent to the vendor with a confirmation. If the money doesn't arrive, you can generally stop the payment and reissue it.
Automatic Transfer. Have trouble saving money from your paychecks? Make use of automatic transfers to and from your savings account. Instead of relying on yourself to save what you have left over after bills are paid, set up a regular transfer of money to your savings after each paycheck. The transaction will be completed without your intervention, making it more likely to happen since you won't forget. If you choose to transfer money into a savings account, make it a little difficult to access your money so that you don't spend it.
Different Accounts. Many online banks offer the ability to set up separate savings accounts (or sub-accounts) for targeted savings. You can use these targeted accounts to save for an emergency fund, a vacation, monthly household bills, spending cash, or future big expenditures. Use automatic transfers to move money into these accounts each payday, then follow up with online bill pay to pay expenses specifically related to each goal. Ask your financial institution how many targeted "buckets" you can set up.
Modern banking technology makes it easier to manage your household expenses and save for the future. The trick is to make use of these technological options, which begins with learning how they work and what they can do for you. For more information, talk to your financial institution's banking experts today.