Some of my friends use an online bill paying service, and each one has a horror story or two to tell. Me? I used Quicken until I realized Intuit has this strange thing against Mac users (to the point where Intuit, Quicken’s owner, sold Quicken to somebody that might care). Right now I’m torn between bill payment reminders the old fashioned way, and the Thoroughly Modern Millie way with an app.
There’s An App For That
Stop to think for a moment how the app revolution– started by the iPhone App Store– has revolutionized how we work online. To use a service or visit a website using a PC or Mac, we’d all do it the old fashioned way. In a browser window. These days we use apps to do everything on iPhone and iPad, reserving the browser for those websites without a corresponding app.
That brings me to bill payments, billing cycles, reminders and alerts. I once used the old fashioned way– alerts in Calendar. Hey, it’s cheap. It works. I get a notification a day before I need to pay a bill, and another alert two hours before.
Is there a better way? If you add Chronicle to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad you’ll manage bills, alerts, and payments all from within a single app. That’s what Chronicle does, and it syncs up and plays nice-nice with iCloud and Dropbox. Just remember that Chronicle is not a money management app similar to Quicken or iBank (and priced accordingly).
Chronicle tracks where your money goes, which bills need to be paid, which were paid and when, and provides you with enough alerts so that there’s little excuse to not pay a bill on time (unless you don’t have the money, of course).
Alerts can be synced up with multiple Macs as well as iPhone and iPad (a single iOS app for a few bucks). Proof of payments can be kept in Chronicle, too.
What about bill paying?
Unfortunately, Chronicle isn’t an online bill paying service, but you can use the integrated browser to pay bills online. It’s just a ‘one-by-one’ proposition instead of being automated.
Can you do much the same thing with a few alerts and events in Calendar? Yes, but it’s not as much fun, and there’s no tracking, a good feature in Chronicle. Besides, all your payments and bills get synced between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and that extra level of mobility is very handy and keeps you up to day even while you’re on the go.