Something that she suggested was the dividers with pockets-super brilliant idea!! I used to put my bills in a bin and sort through them twice a month or so. Jon has never been involved in the bill paying and it’s something I’ve wanted him to be involved in for a long time. With this system, paying the bills could be done by Paisley!! I made a tab for each bill that we have with a cover sheet with the logo and following information and due date. This way ANYONE (which is a little scary) could log into any of our accounts for any of our bills and pay them. This way when I forget which password is which, or I have customer service on the phone I can readily reference all my information quickly! I also plan on keeping all the bill stubs for the year behind the tab for records and comparison (normally they go into an accordian file, but I hate filing them so sometimes it just ends up being an endless pile!!) So ideally* the bill comes in the mail or e-mail, I place it in the tab folder, I sit down to pay bills once a week (or Jon or Paisley, lol) and I have EVERYTHING I could possibly need to sit down and pay everything. I mark whats paid, place it behind the tab and continue on with my life!!
And lastly, the Budget worksheet. This layout is stolen from “One for the Money,” but I split it into 2 groups because we get paid twice a month. This way I have a general idea how much spending money I have versus bill amounts in the 2 pay periods. I’m debating on using the cash method for this…we tried it for a minute-it’s just super hard because I hate going to the bank!! (we don’t have a drive thru on our side of town and I’m SUPER lazy). Ideally too I can watch these and add in the actual as we go to see how we’re really doing. Once again, I have an awesome website that make pie charts and everything (mint.com) BUT it updates too slowly and I have to go categorize EVERYTHING that we spend if we want it to work properly. ug. So I’m hoping with this revamp that Jon and I can be on the same page, and that we can be more organized and aware when it comes to bills and budgeting!!