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Go green with Citi, maybe win $5,000

By Ellen Cannon · Bankrate.com
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Posted: 12 pm ET

Colorado Blue Spruce

I got a plastic tube with a sprig of Colorado Blue Spruce inside from Citi and the Arbor Day Foundation today, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Citi Cards and Citibank are going to give away six $5,000 prizes to cardholders and customers who go paperless by July 10, 2010. Bank customers and cardholders who enroll in Paperless Statements are automatically entered.

In 2009, Citi received the Promise to the Earth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation for its worldwide tree-planting efforts and drive to go paperless. Since 2007, Citi's press release says, 168 million paperless statements have been issued. That's a lot of trees saved. You can join in -- and maybe win one of the $5,000 prizes.

I have to say I'm all in favor of saving trees and limiting paper consumption. But when I went all paperless for my bills a couple of years ago, I found I missed some due dates and wound up paying a day or so late.  I went back to paper so I can organize the bills on my desk and pay them on time.

Anyone have some suggestions for how to go paperless and be better organized than I was? I want some ideas so I can go back to paperless statements.

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2 Comments
Ellen Cannon
April 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I know the credit card issuers offer alerts -- heck, I think I've even written about them! -- but I haven't taken advantage of a free tool to help me manage my bills. I'm signing up tomorrow! Thanks!

Chris
April 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

With regard to staying organized, I put reminders 5 days in front of the due date through e-mail, text, and even in my personal software. That way, it was paid 5 days early. It was just a matter of moving my due dates up on all accounts in my budget.
I hope this helps!