One thing that I need to do is set aside some extra money for random necessities since I haven't budgeted for them at this point. I had to fix my viola bow which cost $80. Inexpensive for the work done but unplanned for nonetheless.
Eventually I'd like to do the 50/30/20 money rule where you use 50% of your income for necessities, 30% for wants, and 20% for savings. I'd probably use my 30% want money for credit card payments since what I want most is for them to be gone. I'm also trying the "snowball" payment method in which you pay off your lowest card first vs. paying your highest interest card first. I love the idea of being completely done with one credit card instead of have multiple for a longer period of time. Experiments!
I found my old receipt organizer that I've decided to use for bills paid and it will also house my check books which always seem to get lost. I have my NY bank but I still have an account in WI and also an investment checking account so... yes, I have 3 checking accounts, and yes, I do need all 3.
I am going to keep all paid bills in the month slots and all pending bills will live in a TBD organizer on the office desk. I need to make a Target/BBB/Container Store run to find the organizer I have in mind.