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So, I was paying my bills the other day, and I started wondering what it's like elsewhere. I can't imagine not having e-billing, giro payments, and online banking in general. Plus, paying all your bills in one go at the end of each month makes me happy. But I get the feeling that the US is still stuck in that same old "check-is-in-the-mail" archaic bill-paying that was the norm when I lived there twenty years ago. Therefore, a poll!

Poll #1407147 To pay or not to pay?

How do you pay your bills?

Online, through my bank
25(35.2%)
Online, some other way
7(9.9%)
By giro
0(0.0%)
By check
3(4.2%)
In cash
1(1.4%)
None of the above
3(4.2%)

In your opinion, what is the most prevalent method of bill-paying in your country?

Online, through a bank
22(31.4%)
Online, some other way
5(7.1%)
By giro
1(1.4%)
By check
16(22.9%)
In cash
1(1.4%)
None of the above
1(1.4%)

When are your bills due?

Around the end of each month
11(15.7%)
They're spread out over different dates
59(84.3%)

How often do you get paid?

Monthly
17(23.9%)
Bi-weekly
38(53.5%)
Weekly
9(12.7%)
Daily
0(0.0%)
What is this "paid" you speak of?
7(9.9%)

Do you prefer this method of paying your bills/getting paid, or do you think some other way would be better?

I prefer it the way it is
58(84.1%)
I think there's a better way
11(15.9%)


I know! Fascinating, aren't I? *g*




Speaking of bill-paying, I'm only a few weeks away from being completely free of credit card debt, so of course I'm looking at ways to spend all that extra moolah. And I think I found it! I'm leaning towards this one, though to be honest, it's more because it comes in a pretty light blue color than for the battery life. Does anyone have any recommendations? Words of wisdom?



I think my eReader purchase has already paid for itself, because I'm reading more books than ever. Since the beginning of May alone, I've read 15 books. 15 books! I didn't read 15 books all of last year! (Granted, it's been mostly chick lit and easy fare, but still!)

Except, reading all these actual books instead of fic has made me realize that I've probably averaged about 100 books a year, just in fic. So I'm not reading that much more than usual right now, I'm just reading other things.



Teevee
In headline form:

Shows that are just one bad premiere away from being off my downloading schedule for good

  • Bones

  • The Office



Shows that I'm still mourning

  • Life

  • Pushing Daisies

  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles



Shows I think I'll try to catch up on this summer

  • Damages

  • Dexter

  • Fringe

  • Generation Kill

  • Legend of the Seeker




(I'm sure there are more, I have the attention span of a gnat.)

Shows I can't believe got renewed (that I'll probably store up and marathon because I don't seem to love them as much as everyone else does)

  • Chuck

  • Friday Night Lights



Summer shows, YAY!

  • Burn Notice

  • Leverage

  • Project Runway



DEAD. TO. ME

  • My Boys

  • Weeds



Returning shows that I will watch come fall

  • Better Off Ted

  • The Big Bang Theory

  • Castle

  • Dollhouse

  • Lie to Me

  • The Mentalist



Shows that make me wish away the warm weather and the long summer ahead because OMG! I WANT IT NOW

  • Glee

  • How I Met Your Mother


Tags: personal, poll, teevee, you materialistic whore!
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