Let me just say I’m closer to your age than your son’s, and I “embrace technology” every day by overseeing Debt.com. Yet I 99-percent endorse the way you pay your bills.
For starters, you’re not alone, Sandy.
“93 million credit card holders are still receiving financial statements through the mail,” says a CreditCards.com report from last month. “That includes 43 million who prefer to only receive and review their monthly financial statements on paper.”
My 1 percent reservation about paying by mail is summed up by CreditCards.com analyst Matt Schultz…
With fraud and ID theft rampant around the country, if you’re only checking your credit card and bank statements once a month, you’re not being diligent enough. It’s a good idea to check those accounts online at least once a week.
Identity theft is a huge problem, affecting more than 12 million Americans each year. So I suggest you set up online accounts to monitor your credit card purchases mid-month, but still pay the bills via mail.
As for me, I pay my bills online. However, I care less about how someone pays their bills than making sure they pay on time. With credit card interest rates hovering around 15 percent and late fees at around $25, it’s more important to be timely than high-tech.
One of the best ways to use the Web is through a “personal finance manager.” These online tools let you automatically monitor your bank and credit card accounts, then draw up a spending plan and watch it ebb and flow in real time. Best of all, they’re free.
My favorite is PowerWallet, which is why they’re a Debt.com partner. Check it out, Sandy, and you might just be able to turn the tables on your son — and show him some helpful tech he didn’t know about.
Have a debt question?
Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and Howard Dvorkin will review it. Dvorkin is a CPA, chairman of Debt.com, and author of two personal finance books, Credit Hell: How to Dig Yourself Out of Debt and Power Up: Taking Charge of Your Financial Destiny.