Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

billQ: Bill Tracking Application

Category: Showcase

Seen Creative has released a new free product billQ:

The easiest way to keep track of your bills. Our web application helps you to schedule and manage bills.

The application feels 37 Signals-esque in its simplicity and nice use of Ajax (without overuse).

BillQ

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am
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This is a great service. I’ve been using it since the beta and it’s been immensely useful. This is an essential tool if you’re living with roommates.

Comment by John Resig — July 11, 2006

This has a bunch of great extra features that help my roommate and I out like SMS text reminders. The ability to have multiple groups is helpful as well. Clean, simple, useful.

Comment by Brett Gilbert — July 11, 2006

I don’t really understand the point of this if it can’t automatically fetch bill amounts from service providers and let you schedule payments directly from the interface, like MyCheckFree or something like that. I guess I’m not the target market. I do have roommates though. Rent is the only recurrent bill that has a fixed amount every time, and I don’t really need a web application to remember how to divide by 3.
 
I was happy to see you don’t have to click any confirmation link in an email before you can use the service. It sure looked like you were going to, though.

Comment by evan — July 11, 2006

Hey Evan,

This definitely isn’t for everyone. I mean, I know tons of people who do just fine using to-do lists or post-it notes to keep track of this stuff. This worked for us, and seems to be helping others as well.

Ultimately, we would love to have billQ link up and fetch bills or help you actually pay them, but for now, it’s really just a reminder system. Maybe in the near future. And just because your utilities aren’t always the same, doesn’t mean you can’t put in a scheduled bill with an estimate that you can edit when you find out the exact amount.

We definitely wanted to make the registration as easy as possible. Get people to see how easy it is to use, instead of all the headaches typical of signups.

Comment by Zack — July 11, 2006

Looks interesting but the name “bilk you” is a little off-putting

:)

Comment by Clayton Scott — July 11, 2006

Any chance we could get the source for integration in our own web applications? :-p Pretty please!

Comment by matt — July 11, 2006

Cool site. Haven’t seen this yet (sorry if its alreadya feature), would be cool if you could ‘autosplit’ your bills. So if you had a $20 bill and 5 people in a group, it would default to $4 each.

Comment by Nathan — July 11, 2006

@Matt: Maybe in a bit we’ll release an API, or at least an export to XML, but for now there’s RSS and iCalendar exports to grab the data.

@Nathan: That’s exact what billQ’s made to do. Just create a group, invite your roommates and add your bills (You can even put in %’s or keywords like ‘1/5’ or ‘one fifth’).

Comment by Zack — July 11, 2006

you’ll have to at least add support for HTTPS if you’re going to expect serious users to enter any personal data in

4. Does billQ use HTTPS?
Because billQ is a free service, we do not offer HTTPS or HTTP over SSL at this time.

Comment by Jim Plush — July 11, 2006

Wwwooow… must have taken a week to build this. Very nifty, using awesome forms, you definately see that this has taken alot of time to build ….

.. :”)

Comment by M. Schopman — July 12, 2006

I’ll rather add my one-time or recurring bills to my internet bank so that they can be paid automaticly when they are due.

Comment by Ronny — July 12, 2006

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