Over the course of a month I accumulate a pile about 6 inches thick of postal mail consisting of bills, statements and junk mail for home and business. It takes me about 30 minutes every month to sort through it all, separating the few pieces of wheat from the endless mountains of “hey, shouldn’t you sign up for our Cardmember Protection Service” chaff.
Other people I know pay all their bills by automatic payment from their bank account or credit card, but I’m not trusting enough of corporations or banks to let it all flow that easily — I’m afraid that the phone company will take $1000 out of my account one month and it will take me years to get it back. It’s also a good exercise for me to go through the monthly bills to get a general sense of what I’m actually spending.
However I could do without the 6 inch mountain of paper, and Canada Post’s epost service has always held out the promise of allowing me to do this. The last time I checked, however — probably 4 years ago — only a selected few of my monthly payees could send their bills to me by epost, and I set it aside. Today I decided to take another look, and here’s what I found:
- Canada Revenue Agency (corporate and payroll taxes, GST): No
- CIBC (business Visa): No
- Charlottetown Water and Sewer (home water): No
- Co-op Fuels (home oil): No
- Canadian Tire (personal Mastercard): Yes
- Eastlink (business phone, home phone, Internet and cable TV): No
- Grant Thornton (accountant): No
- Hyndman and Company (home and auto insurance): No
- Maritime Electric (home electricity): Yes
- Message Centre (alarm monitoring): No
- Province of PEI (property tax): No
- Workers Compensation Board (business premium): No
So that’s 12 bills, two of which I can get through epost. Guess I’ll take another look in four years.