Well, I'm glad you asked. Here is the first entry in my certain-to-be-a-classic Geeky Stuff series.
A couple years ago all of the bills we get (water, gas, electric, phone, medical, etc., etc.) started arriving each month with a big banner on the back of the envelope that said something to the tune of:
Be Green! Save the Earth! Save us (your friendly gas company) a bunch of money! Sign up for e-Statements!
This seemed intriguing to me (I'm always looking for ways to save my gas company money) but I had my tried-and-true methods of record-keeping, and it seemed like a pain. Then we started hatching this hair-brained scheme to spend a year on the other side of the planet, and I thought, this might be a good idea.
So I started signing up for all of those e-statements. And I kept doing it, for about the past year, and now I can say truthfully that all of our snail mail is now junk. Other than the occasional real letter from you, our family and friends, the signal-to-noise ratio in the Bud Ice box into which our mail slot empties is very near zero. And e-statements really do live up to they hype - they're convenient, they're green, they don't break your back if you have to carry them from the basement to the attic.
I know, you alert readers are thinking,
- How on earth do you remember all those passwords for all those e-statement accounts? Isn't it insecure?
- What if you do get some real mail while you're abroad?