Reasons Why You Should Pay Bills Online
It’s Easy, Free and Secure
For years, we’ve dutifully paid our bills each month, writing out checks, licking stamps (before self-adhesive) and driving to the post office so they’d be on time. Times have really changed, and more people are taking advantage of the convenience technology offers in paying their bills online, anytime, anywhere. Here are a few reasons you should, according to an article in Kiplinger’s magazine.
Some companies are actually starting to charge an additional fee to their customers who insist on paper billing. Add this to the traditional cost of stamps and checks, as well as the value of your time spent paying bills, and free sounds better all the time.
Most companies now offer you the ability to pay online at their specific Web site. Paying online to several companies, though, means you have to keep up with a slew of URLs, user names and passwords. Using your credit union’s bill paying services means you only have one to remember.
Crime reports show paying bills online is safer than “snail mail.” Most financial fraud occurs when checks, credit cards and account statements are stolen from mailboxes. Online financial transactions are encrypted to keep your information secure. Plus, if you use your credit union as your bill payer, you avoid sharing your account information with multiple billers, which helps secure your data even more.
If paying bills online makes sense to you, call or come in and see us about free BillPay Online, available through Home Branch. It’s easy and safe, and we can help you get set up. Members who use it once tell us they’ll never go back to doing it the old way.