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Old 01-17-2014, 03:47 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by rbmrtn View Post
You can do it electronically and keep up with payment history
I didn't know about that, thanks. The last few years my income has varied a bit so there was an element of guesstimating so I just wrote checks. When things stabilize after I start SS I'll keep that in mind.

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Old 01-17-2014, 05:25 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
I've been in that habit for years, both federal and state.
Switching to EFTPS has saved me from writing eight checks and using eight first class stamps every year.

The time savings from not writing out those checks (using cursive, which nobody can read anymore) and the cost savings (from the recently announced increase in first class stamps) have enabled me to increase the enjoyment of my retirement by several times at least.
I am just the opposite. I enjoy writing checks and take pride in the fact that I can control my funds distribution. Plus, it gives me a "to Do" reminder to set on Google so that I have a scheduled task and I am not just idling time away.

I also like the fact that by sending our dear friends a check, that puts a person to work because they have to open the letter, look at the check, enter the information, etc. Knowing that I have created work for the high paid government employee is comforting since we all know there is so much waste and fluff in those ranks.

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