Two busy moms from Australia have come up with an ingenious solution to one of the most mundane yet important household tasks: managing bills.
Mireille Boutros and Carolina Flores struggled to manage their bills and look for better deals while juggling work and family responsibilities.
They knew they weren’t the only ones dealing with this problem, and they set out to find a solution that would help everyone.
Thus Bree, an automatic bill payment app, was born. Bree is like a personal assistant for everyday Australians: it automates bill payments, searches for better deals and saves users time and money.
The idea for Bree came to them after they became mothers – they already needed time and didn’t have the space to compare deals and swap providers, even though they really wanted to save money.
The duo knew that other women were likely to suffer from the same problem, as in most households (60%) women manage the bills.
Flores felt it was time to automate what can be and get rid of the menial tasks like scanning the market for better deals and moving to technology.
“As a normal person, I can think of a million things I’d like to do instead of calling service providers to negotiate a better price. Comparison sites are great, but that’s just information that just gives me more things to add to my to-do list,” she said.
“Bree, on the other hand, does everything for me, the watching, haggling and switching. It’s a no brainer.”
Bree’s research showed that women spend about three hours a month paying bills, and more than half (53%) pay late because they forgot to pay the bills.
Australians pay more than $280 million in arrears annually, with an average compensation of $24.
Boutros said they want to give people back their most precious resource – their time – and also avoid it save costs and money in the long run.
“Bree’s bill matching service has already saved participants between $320 and $950 per year on their bills by switching to a more cost-effective provider,” she said.
“Bree manages and pays bills for its members for a small monthly fee of $14.28, and members pay Bree in convenient interest-free installments.
“We founded Bree to make women’s lives easier and reclaim some precious time, while still making sure all menial but important money tasks are taken care of.”