As Vacation Mom likes to tease me, I’m very habit based on certain things. I do laundry on Monday, I pay bills on the first Wednesday of the month. Deviations are absolutely possible but I don’t like them much. Today, a Tuesday, I had to tackle the bills because tomorrow I start a 2-day meeting extravaganza for school board stuff.
Bills don’t usually make people happy, neither do Mondays, I think I’m a little odd on the subject because I don’t mind either too much. I absolutely recognize that the reason I’m ok with them both is that I’m super lucky and also have worked hard to be in a good place because Mondays (as I believe I’ve said before) are like MY day to get organized and the potential of the week is ahead of me and nothing has yet fallen behind.
I like paying bills primarily because I *can* pay them without worry due to budget mindfulness and good job and planning. I also like double checking things to make sure there are no errors, it is annoying sometimes but so satisfying to work out the problems. This totally paid off today when a billing lead at the town called me because a tangle we worked out 2 weeks ago didn’t execute and because I had been working with her nicely over the past 10 years (it is a funky old system) she called me instead of just processing. The final reason I like bills is that I like to do the stats behind them. How has my electric bill been doing? How about gas? (This new house has them split) What is the spending trend on the credit card? Today I decided after 3 months in this new house I could compare its energy use to our energy use over the same period last year in the old house. Best results ever; they are nearly identical costs! That truly means that
#1 Good news; given the price of energy increasing we are doing better this year with energy use to have the price be the same
#2 Better News; Our new house is not quite double the size and that isn’t costing us more energy! We planned in so many things that should be energy savings but I was waiting to see if it proved out in dollars and cents.
It is a good feeling to have the bills for the month more or less settled, recorded in my spreadsheet, and analyzed nicely. A pleasant byproduct is my desk gets an extra tidy on bills day to make sure I didn’t lose a random bill from a dentist etc. I can jump into my busy week from a place of strength; laundry is done and bills are paid and bonus – I even know what I’m cooking for dinner.