If I pay a bill online will the money leave my account straight away?

I have just paid a bill online and am just wondering if the money will leave my account straight away. I want to buy something online and will have enough if the money has already left my account but I don't want to leave myself short if it has not.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not always.  It can take days (or longer).  Don't buy something without checking first.  You should be able to look at your account history and see if the money has left it or not.

  • Rick
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    some debit you immediately, some don't ..............................

  • Scott
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Some online retailers don't debit your account until the item ships. Others do it as soon as the order is placed.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, no, an maybe.

    Did you authorize payment through your bank, or through the website of whoever you are paying?Is the company set up to receive payments from your bank electronically, or does the bank actually have to mail a paper check?

    The REAL answer is check the transaction history on your bank account an see if the payment has posted.

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  • 1 month ago

    That's a little confusing, but based on your comments below it sounds like you're wondering what your current balance represents.  Does it include the bill pay transaction or not?

    The simple answer is that you need to look at your transactions to see.  You can do that on the website, on the phone, from an ATM, or even in person.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    bills are not paid without money first.

  • 1 month ago

    yes it will, but it will not show up on your statement for 3 or more days

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

     "but I don't want to leave myself short"

    Then don't spend more money than what your register balance is.  In other words, assume all money you spend leaves your account immediately and act accordingly.

    ETA:  If you're trying to say you have adequate funds for both purchases, then you're right, I have no clue what your question actually is.    How can you be short if you have adequate funds?  

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