Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series on online bill-paying. This article spells out the benefits of online bill paying. The second part, coming tomorrow, will explain how to set up your online bill pay account and make the most of it.Say it ain't so -- you're still writing checks. After all this time, only around 28% of Americans pay their monthly bills online, according to a 2007 Pew Research survey. If you're still putting felt pen to safety paper, you're missing out on an opportunity. Online bill payment can help you to manage your budget, protect yourself from identity theft, declutter your life and protect the environment. Here are five reasons you should sign up for online bill pay:
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