If you are anything like me, you have a decent amount of bills and they are due at all kinds of times during the month. Some are due at the start, some are due at the end and some are due in the middle of the month. And if you are really lucky you have one or two that are due at odd times of the month that don’t fall into any of the categories I just talked about. Every once in a while, I was bound to miss a payment, not because I couldn’t make the payment, but more so because I would just plain forget! Even when I thought I was organized, I still would forget every once in a while. If you can relate to any of this, I have got a great Mac app for you. Chronicle, is a bill reminder application for the Mac, that I have been using for about a year now, and I absolutely LOVE the app! It has literally saved me so many times. Let me show you some of the major features of the app.
When you first start in the app, the first you are going to want to do is to enter in your bills into the app. You can enter in as many bills as you want or as little as you want. If you put a “due date”, Chronicle will integrate itself with iCal and you can set up reminders for your bill. This is one of the best parts of this app. I love that I can get reminders each month of when I need to pay a certain bill. The other nice thing about these reminders is that when you pay a bill the reminder automatically updates to the next month. Then it will automatically set something up on iCal for you. This is such a nice feature to have!
You also have the option of getting reminders every two weeks and other custom reminders as well. If you do online bill paying for a specific bill you can fill in the online info and from within Chronicle you can go straight to the website of the bill and make a payment. Once you get all your bills put in you will get an Overview page, similar to the one below. As you can see the Overview page gives you a list of all your bills, the amount if you entered one in, the average paid on the bill and when the next payment is due. You will also get a “Bills at a Glance” window which tells you your total bills and billing information for the month. Another feature that has been added to Chronicle recently is the monthly income and expenses. This gives you the chance to write in your monthly income into the app to help you see how much of your income is going to these bills.
When you log a payment all you have to do is enter in the amount that you are going to be paying for that month. If you like you can scan in your receipt and attach the receipt to the payment as well. It is a nice feature to have. Then once you log your payment the date of the next bill will be automatically updated for the next month.
As you can see from the picture below, each bill has its own page that gives you a lot of detail about the payments of that bill. You can see when the next due date is for the bill, when it repeats, the average paid on the bill, etc. You can also see charts and numbers of your payments based upon whenever you log your payment info into Chronicle. You can also set goals for yourself to pay down a certain bill, like a credit card.
And there you have it! It is a very simple, yet awesome bill reminding app. Other than loving the app for the fact that it reminds me when to make payments, I love that I can track my payment info for each bill. It is great for record keeping purposes. The app is very intuitive to use and I love that it just works and it works well!
Overall, this is a great application to add to your Mac software collection. The app costs $20.95. It may seem a little pricey, but when you think about all those late fees you pay because you missed your bill, this may be well worth the $21. You can get it at Littlefin LLC. So what are you waiting for? Go get it!! Don’t wait till you miss that next bill payment and have to pay late fees because of it!