Tell me about paying bills in Quicken


Paying your bills using Quicken has advantages over paying your bills on the kitchen table. Quicken bill reminders help you plan your expenses and pay your bills on time. When you create a bill reminder, you enter the details of the bill and tell Quicken when to make the next payment, the amount due, and how often to make future payments. Do this for your income, too. Quicken will then have the information it needs to accurately project your account balances. This is one of the coolest features in Quicken!

Here's how to pay a bill:
1. Add the bill to Quicken.

2. Enter the bill payment when it's due.

  • Tell me about entering the bill payment
    When the bill payment is due, Quicken follows your instructions and either reminds you to enter a record of the payment in the register or transaction list or automatically enters the record of the payment for you.


    If you enter the record of the payment yourself, you can verify or change the way you want to make the payment. You have two options:
    • • Make the payment online. Select this option when you want to create one-time online payments or repeating online payments (Online payment service has a special type of scheduled transaction called a repeating online payment. You send one initial online payment instruction that specifies the payment amount, as well as how often and the number of times to make that payment. The processor processes the instruction for the number of times you specify and for the appropriate delivery dates. If you choose to create a repeating online payment, your financial institution will continue to send the payment instruction until you cancel the transaction or until it expires. The term "repeating online payment series" refers to the complete set (all occurrences) of repeating payments set up by a single instruction (as described above). The term "repeating online payment" refers to a single payment (one occurrence) within the series..). If you're creating one-time online payments, you still need to send the payment, as described in step 3 below. Before you can make online payments from Quicken, you must activate an account to send online payments or sign up for Quicken Bill Pay.
    • • Make the payment manually. Select this option when you want to pay in cash or write a check to mail.

3. Send the bill payment.

  • Tell me about sending the payment
    Regardless of whether you enter the record of the payment in Quicken yourself or you have Quicken automatically enter it for you, you still need to send the payment.
    • • If you're making this payment online, you need to send the payment to your financial institution for processing. The one exception is if you've set up this payment as a repeating online payment (Online payment service has a special type of scheduled transaction called a repeating online payment. You send one initial online payment instruction that specifies the payment amount, as well as how often and the number of times to make that payment. The processor processes the instruction for the number of times you specify and for the appropriate delivery dates. If you choose to create a repeating online payment, your financial institution will continue to send the payment instruction until you cancel the transaction or until it expires. The term "repeating online payment series" refers to the complete set (all occurrences) of repeating payments set up by a single instruction (as described above). The term "repeating online payment" refers to a single payment (one occurrence) within the series.), in which case the payment will be sent at the specified time without any additional intervention.
    • • If you're making this payment manually, you need to pay in cash or mail the check.

Notes

  • What if I the payment amount varies?
    When you add a bill reminder to Quicken to remind you when a payment is due, you can enter an estimate for the payment amount. If you decide to pay another amount when the bill comes due, or if you want to make the payment from another account, you should edit the transaction before you enter it.

     
  • How should I can pay my credit card bill?
    If you're tracking your credit card only as a bill, then making the credit card payment is the same as paying any bill in Quicken (as described above). If you're tracking your credit card in an account, you can record the credit card payment as a transfer from your checking account to the credit card account. Information is available to help you decide how to track your credit cards.

 

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