Bill paying can be down right overwhelming '?? from the mortgage or rent payments to doctors bills to gas/electric and cable, it seems that there is always something due that you need to both pay on time and remember when they are due. There are many options for bill payment: automated services and traditional paper mail but if you are like me you tend you forget when bills or due or get frustrated by going through various websites to both pay bills and remember passwords.
I recently learned about a way to streamline this process by organizing and managing bills through a free service called Manilla. This web-based service is designed to help consumers manage and control their household accounts including banking, credit cards, utilities, subscriptions travel rewards and loyalty points in one secure and central location. As the first service of its kind, Manilla connects all of your accounts to one site where you only need one password '?? allowing you to review, pay and keep track of your bills and their due dates to help you pay your bills on time. This service also has unlimited storage of account documents '?? so you can go paperless and clear up clutter.
The make-up of Manilla is rather simple. You sign up with your name, email address, zip code and a username and you are all set to start using the service. The website then prompts you to add accounts (banking, checking, etc) from a list of account providers such as American Express, Chase Bank, Citibank, Best Buy and so forth. Featuring thousands of accounts if you don'??t see your credit card provider or service you can simply email Manilla and they will add it to their dashboard within 24 hours. Once you link these accounts to Manilla, you will asked to supply information like your username and password, state or subscription number from these services. Manilla will then pull your information from these services to give customers an automated, organized view of all of their account information where you can review, pay and keep track of your bills. Through the service, you also have account mail, which is an automatically updated system that is also pre-sorted '?? making it very easy to locate your bills. Also through this system your bills and payment information is stored forever so if you need tax receipts or payment stubs you can easily find them within minutes. This innovative tool also provides consumers with alerts via your email or a text message so that bills are always paid on time. Through the interface you can also see due dates, payment history and even your reward totals.
After learning about Manilla, I was really excited to test this free service especially since financial organization isn'??t one of my strong suits. I signed up through the user-friendly interface and within minutes all of my accounts were linked to Manilla. I loved how everything was organized into various categories that also showed how much was in my account and when my bills were due. I loved that everything was in one central location and that I didn'??t have to fish around the web figuring out passwords and signing into my various service providers. Since I had a bill due in a few weeks, I tested out Manilla by clicking on the '??pay here'?? tab, which instantly prompted me to my cell phone provider'??s website. I also loved that once I paid the bill, a PDF receipt was in my Manilla mail dashboard '?? allowing for unlimited storage of my statements as well as a way to organize bills and view offers. I really enjoyed using the service, which I found to be great for parents as both parents can use one dashboard to manage all of their bills and as an efficient time-saving and clutter-free tool, which we are always on the hunt for!
This free organizational service really did the work for me as it helped me to stay on top of my important financial obligations and bills. I also loved that it provides you with a tangible and daily connection to your money, which I hope will create a better system for myself as I try to become more financially savvy.
For more information, please visit www.manilla.com.
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama to two girls. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.com.
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