Despite the fact that I faithfully my pay my bills on time, I often get harassed by businesses that claim I haven’t paid them what I owe them. While that’s always due to a mistake that they have made, it puts the onus on me to prove that they are wrong. In other words, someone else’s mistake ends up creating a lot of work and hassle for me. It’s a waste of my valuable time that could be spent on something enjoyable. But the worst part of all of this is the fact that I never get a “thank you” from any of them for always paying on time. All I ever get in the mail from them are threats that the next bill had better be paid on time, never mind the fact that it might fail to take into account some amounts that I have already paid them. Instead, they should be falling at my feet and praising me for always paying on time. And I don’t just pay on time – I pay way ahead of time. As soon as I’m notified about a given bill, I pay it, no questions asked (assuming I actually owe it). A lot of times, this means my payment is going out two or three weeks before it is due. If there was such a thing as a bill-paying hall of fame, I would have been inducted years ago. But all I get is grief for my efforts.