Alessio enjoys writing about cell phones, apps, and other technology and the way they can help making everyday life easier.
The Only Two Certainties In Life Are Death And Taxes
— Benjamin Franklin (1789)
The popular quotation, also used by the popular writer Mark Twain, is evergreen and, despite it has been firstly written more than 200 years ago, it is more actual than ever. Life is constantly marked by taxes and, more generally, by recurring payments on have to keep track of in order to make sure they don’t miss any of these. In fact, forgetting to pay bills, credit card balances or other scheduled payments may lead to serious consequences, like hurting credit score and being charged additional fees.
Remembering to Pay Everything Can Be Challenging
With today’s technology, managing bills doesn’t mean necessarily to get house flooded by papers and to queue at banks in order to physically arrange the payments: everything can be done online in less than 5 minutes. Moreover, many bills can be automatically scheduled with direct debit option: having a bank account and being customers of a provider supporting this payment option means bills get automatically paid, as the creditor is already granted the right to take the money from bank account. Despite this, not many people are used to direct debit payments, plus, not every technology is perfect and there is still a little chance the payment is not processed, maybe even due to lack of funds in the bank account. Finally, not everything can be paid with direct debit (for example, rents and certain taxes), so that one still needs to actively check incoming payments without passively relying only on direct debit (also because it may still happen that a human error results in an incorrect amount of money taken off your account).
Bills Management Made Easy With Google Calendar
Keeping track off all recurring payments and bills can be challenging even to the most attentive person, as life is full of things to do and forgetting something can be more easy than one may believe. Luckily, technology can be a great help in these situations and, in this case, it is not even necessary to install complex financial management software on a PC, because there is already a good tool that achieves to help people keep track of all their imminent bills: Google Calendar. In fact, thanks to the ability to plan events and tasks, the service is good to be alerted on time about the payments that have to be completed within a certain time.
How to Keep Track of Bills With Google Calendar
The most useful tool of Google Calendar in order to keep track of bills and, in general, of everything that should be done within a specific day is Google Tasks. This useful tool allows to easily mark imminent things to do on the calendar, just like it happens with Events. The following steps will show how to easily add imminent payments as tasks to a Google Calendar account. Note that the iOS app is used for showing the passages to do, still the same can be done with the Android app and the Google Calendar interface: everything will be then synced among all the devices where Google Calendar is set up, so that nothing can be missed whatever device you are using.
After you do and repeat the same step for every scheduled payment you have to arrange, you will get regularly notified whenever you have an imminent bill, just like if it was a Google Calendar event. In this case, you will not risk anymore to miss something and your life will be better organized. While it is still advisable to set up direct debit whenever you can and to arrange automated bank transfer when it comes to pay for rents or other recurring expenses that never change over time, Google Calendar is still a good help to keep track of every bill, including those you have not automated.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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