Personal finance blogger Trent Hamm used to have one of those jobs that paid every two weeks, and he found himself treating the occasional "third check of the month" as a bonus. Looking back, he recommends anyone with similarly non-rigorous discipline to treat those paydays like a trigger:
I adopted a routine of paying the bills every other Monday like clockwork. I'd collect all the bills in a consistent spot as they came in, then I'd sit down on bill paying day and go through them, knocking all of them out. If I had more bills than cash, then I tapped my emergency fund a bit, but with the further tactics below, it wasn't long before that wasn't a problem.
To our paid-every-other readers: What tactics or routines did you adopt to avoid having your paychecks be spent upon arrival? Photo by RichieC.