Year End Finances & Technology

December 30, 2008

I spent last night and this morning digging out receipts, filling out forms and spreadsheets, paying bills, paying home owner association fees, and paying property taxes online.  Of course if I didn’t save it until the last minute then year end finances wouldn’t be such a drag but I did so I lost a whole evening and morning to paper shuffling.

Thank Goodness for Technology

If it weren’t for technology, procrastinators like me would be in big trouble, here’s how technology helped with my last minute year end finances:

Flexible Spending Receipts – I was able to aggregate a ton of flexible spending account expenses into one request by compiling them into a spreadsheet rather than submitting multiple different requests.

Property Taxes – Our County allows you to pay your property taxes online, up through the end of the day on December 31st

Home Owners Fees – I had no idea where the home owners association bill was but thanks to our online bill pay service I was able to easily locate the address and amount due and pay it with the click of a button.

Submitting Claim Forms – I can no longer fax in claims from work so I signed up for an online fax service from MyFax.  I was able to attach the FSA claim form and receipts as a pdf and fax it over to the claim processor all from my PC.

Thank you technology!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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