Do You Receive Your Bills Via Email?

by Galia Gichon on February 15, 2009


Should you get your bills emailed?

I am as green as the next person and want to save paper. I spend more time each week going through my bills, recycling, shredding… But I always open each and every piece of mail. Many people barely open their bills when they come in the mail so are we going to open the email? Plus, think about all the emails we get that we don’t even open.

Do I open every email? I try to but usually don’t. Plus I have a fairly strong spam filter so there are always a few that I miss and never know about. I don’t know if I feel comfortable enough taking that risk with my finances and credit score. If we pay late, it affects our credit score tremendously.

If you decide to have your bills e-mailed to you, about 270 companies send bills this way. You can opt to receive some bills via e-mail. To see if your creditors participate, go to www.checkfree.com. Let me know what works for you.

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Garin February 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

Good morning Money Matters

Regarding bills via email.

CheckFree does not deliver bills via email. They send you an email link back to their website where you can view and pay your bills.

This might sound like small difference but actually it is key to the client experience. The most important difference is that you will have had to register at CheckFree to begin with.

Unfortunately, only a third of your bills are available there (at best), so you will have to receive most by paper in any event.

The best way to go 'paperless' is to arrange to pay your bills through your internet banking. The major banks have facilities where you can pay every bill in this manner.

This takes care of the payment part but sadly not the actual paper bill.

Here you have a few options:

a) Go to each of your billers and chose to turn off the paper bill. Most offer this now. They'll email you a link back to their website to see your bill.

b) Encourage your biller to use a company called Striata (www.striata.com) that can enable them to securely email you your bill. This is the most convenient option for you and you do not have to do anything to get your bill. (It arrives in your inbox as a secure PDF attachment to an email.) It is also clearly identified as a 'special' class of email so you don't miss them amongst all your other email.

They are also allowed through by all spam filters so you can be sure they won't get caught up there accidentally.

Email is the present & the future and bills will follow this communication channel of choice.

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