Mailing Bills

@GardenGerty (100344)
United States
July 27, 2016 7:59am CST
I have two bills that I physically must write checks for and mail them. I suppose that I could put them on the credit cards, but still would have to mail them. I do not like putting them in my personal mail box, so this morning as I go to the garden I will go to the post office. Do you still mail bills? How do you feel about putting them in your personal mail box? My reluctance comes from the fact that even though I was in a town, I had people remove things from my mailbox. Here in this smaller town, my mailbox is on the street and is across the street. There are highways near by and people passing through. It feels vulnerable. I am glad my town is still a large enough town to have a mailbox.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
27 Jul 16
I pay most of the bills online and some by direct debit on our bank account.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Hubby has two he pays in person. We could probably pay them online or by phone. I have two that I cannot do either of those ways. They must be a written check and taken in in person or mailed. It costs extra to do anything else.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
28 Jul 16
@GardenGerty It's so good to be able to pay everything online without extra costs for stamps.
@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
27 Jul 16
I do not pay my bills in this way. We do everything by direct debit, and we will definitely check that the amount is correctly debited. I think that saves a lot of time.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I will make some payments by debit online. Some are on a regular recurring charge, but I have had the experience that from time to time they do not wait to take it until the payment is due.
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@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
28 Jul 16
@GardenGerty I tend to make advance payment if the direct debit is not worth setting up. I have a few insurance policies with annual premium. The premium is due on every September of the year. I paid it off by July, way before the payment is due. This prevents me from spending the money away!
@msiduri (5749)
• United States
27 Jul 16
In general, if I'm mailing stuff with personal information, I don't leave it in the mailbox for any longer than it has to be. If I'm running errands anyway, I just take it to the post office. Just cuz.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
That is exactly right. You hear a lot about sneaky people getting in the mail.
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@msiduri (5749)
• United States
27 Jul 16
@GardenGerty And the people who are the most likely victims are elderly and the disabled.
@mom210 (6788)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jul 16
I am old school, I write out checks every month for the bills, electric, cable and so on. I take them to the post office as I do other errands, so that I do not do a special trip. I live on a state highway and there is no way I am putting bills in my mail box to go out.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Yes, we have been here less than a year. When I go out of town I go to the post office and stop the mail as I can see three highways from here, as we are at a highway junction. My mail box is on a post across the street. The post master is happy with the idea of us stopping mail.
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@Corbin5 (109376)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I do the same. Bills, mostly the huge ones for my elderly dad, are put in a mailbox in town, not in the one at the end of my driveway.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Not in this town but my previous one I had mail taken from the mailbox on my porch.
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@jaboUK (54462)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 16
We never have personal mailboxes on the street. The mailman puts any letters he delivers to us directly into our letter box in our door, and any we post we put in a proper postbox. So no mail is ever left where anyone else can get at it.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
It is much more secure that way. We do a lot online.
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@Juliaacv (31249)
• Canada
27 Jul 16
I pay all of our bills by tele-banking. I have all of our accounts registered with the bank, so I just pick up the phone, usually when I am still in my nightshirt, and pay what needs to be paid that week. I haven't mailed out a cheque to cover a bill in years. We don't have a mailbox right at our home, we have to do down to the post office, we have a box down there and would send out any mail from there as well.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Most of our bills we do online. These two for me cannot be done that way. Neither one of them will be very long term. Oh, and our local trash/water bill has to be paid at the city office in town. It is by the post office.
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@gudheart (12746)
27 Jul 16
That is good. I do most of mine online now.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Yes many of ours are online, or direct debit. Just this one or two have not got that option.
@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
27 Jul 16
I mailed out my cheque a few years ago, which was for Ground Rent.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
So no more monthly payments for you? Or just none to mail?
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
27 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Nothing to mail, most are now,either Direct Debit or bank transfer.
• United States
27 Jul 16
Yes I would feel vulnerable too as the mail also sucks here..it takes forever and that is if someone doesnt get to it first Heather. No I pay all bills online for that reason.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Everything we can pay online we do. Two or three get paid in person. These two must be mailed.
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• United States
28 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Yes if you have to mail them then that is what has to be done..shame you cant do them online Heather.
@JAMTECH (581)
27 Jul 16
I pay all bills online, because all my bills are Emails (Electronic mails). You can request that they sent your bills electronically instead of post mail, tell them your reason, am sure they'll understand.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Nope, these two and one downtown for water and trash have no way to pay except by check or credit card, through the mail or in person or in a drop box.
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@JAMTECH (581)
28 Jul 16
@GardenGerty Okay, but they need to do something about it. I wish you well in coping with it though.
@celticeagle (118558)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jul 16
I have a couple bills I have to pay by check. I just put them out in our mail box and it goes out fine. Is there anyway you can take your bills to a post office and send them off from there?
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
That is what I do. The post office is quite convenient here.
@sugartoes (41162)
• Greencastle, Indiana
27 Jul 16
we always mail our bills out or go in person to pay them as our mail box is NOT at the place were we live it's down the street from us I so HATE.
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I have one of those old fashioned boxes. You can put up a flag and mail things there, but I had rather put it in a mailbox.
@JESSY3236 (6737)
• United States
28 Jul 16
My uncle had been been mailing bills. But now he is playing bills online.
@CRK109 (14459)
• United States
28 Jul 16
My rent has to be paid by check and mailed every month. It is SO ridiculous! I had to order checks when I moved here just to pay my rent. But if it's what they insist upon, it's what I do. Thankfully, we have our own mailbox right off the lobby of our building.
@PatZAnthony (12772)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Jul 16
We have some of the old blue mailboxes here. And-yes, we do have a bill that has to be paid by mail. Strange-hope everyone changes to online!
@Susan2015 (20992)
• United States
28 Jul 16
Yes there are still a few bills that I do send through the mail. But I take them to the post office.
@velvet53 (16996)
• Palisade, Colorado
27 Jul 16
I prefer not using the mail box. I have one bill that I have to and I go to the post office.
@bunnybon7 (36886)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Jul 16
no I see your point. ours is out front near the street next to the side walk so anyone could open it, grab and just keep walking.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jul 16
I am on a deadend street, so far the mailbox appears safe.