What do you do to keep your bills down?

@dloveli (4369)
United States
June 24, 2009 9:59pm CST
With the economy being what it is, we all try to keep our monthly finances down. I try to keep my heat no higher than 65. Unless its below zero. I was raised that you put on a sweater. My grandmother knitted all her children sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens. If you were cold, put them on. Believe it or not, her children never had any major colds or illnesses. The family physician uses my grandma as a story he shares with colleagues. He said that my aunts, uncles and mother were some of the healthiest children he'd ever seen. My mother did the same. My grandma made the same sweaters and things for us. My dad was a stickler for keeping things on your feet.He also kept the woodstove going.Me, I keep my heat down. We all have hoodies and other warm pajamas, slippers,socks, etc. How bout you? What do you do to keep your bills down?Give me some more ideas to lower my monthly costs. thanks dl
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@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
I can't get the bills down but I can definitely maintain it at a certain level that we can afford. I only turn the A/C from 9PM to 4AM in the morning, its really hot in our place today. I don't use rice cooker, its big no no for me, I cook rice in the pot, I learned how to do it. We only iron clothes once in a week coz iron takes up almost 20% of the electricity bill second to that is the electric fan, if its on for hours it's consumption is same as though you iron clothes the whole day.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Wow! I admire you frugalness. You certainly are on top of your bills. I do agree that nothing we do aside from living in the dark, using cold water, and not cooking, will really do anything to help the amount of our bills. However, it makes me feel good knowing that I am trying to do something.lol Keep up the good work. dl
@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
Oh I'm just glad that my father, brother and husband work in electrical company in Manila... they do know how much each appliances' consumption so I get away with the ones that consumes 3000KW in an hour... hehe.
@AndrewBoi (369)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
In order to keep your bills down, the best thing to do is not to use anything which would increase your bill.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Short, simple, and to the point. Good way to be.lol I go on the idea of anything to make you feel comfortable is expensive. lol dl
@chelsit (105)
• United States
25 Jun 09
We also try to keep the heat low and in the summer instead of having a air conditioning unit we use fans, and I have also contacted my cable company and received a packaged deal for my phone, internet and cable and I only have basic cable which cuts down on cost very much. I have also started getting up half an hour earlier than usual and making breakfast and lunch for me and my husband with thermos of hot coffee for both of us. I buy mostly in bulk with my sister and her family and anywhere else I can find to cut corners I do it.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Jun 09
God Bless buying in bulk! Unfortunately I dont have enough space to buy too much bulk. I wish I did. My sister goes and she never runs out of anything. I too have the packaged deal to the tune of $200 dollars. It was cheap the first year. After that I have to pay full price. Now We're reliant on it and have no choice. I love cable companies, lol dl
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I do keep my furnace down in the winter.....wish I could now turn it off outside. I just put on warmer clothes too. Other then that I watch what I buy at the grocery store....use coupons....etc.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
27 Jun 09
There's not too much more you can do. You seem to have the right idea. I certainly need tips on saving money thru grocery shopping with coupons. I always cut them and then forget them at home. lol I know I know I am an idiot! I am now going to carry them at all times. lets see how that works out. Wish me luck...dl
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I use those spira; light bulb have way be fore they started hollering green! When I started using them the light company came out 3 times checking our meter lol
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Jun 09
the last one we had was a woman surprized me when knock came so I could put dog in the house most times its some guy that climbs in my garden or on top of saved cans to read the neighbors metter behind us which I dont think is right! When first moved here the feller that read meters walked the wall
• Canada
25 Jun 09
Electric heating costs a lot, so we just keep it down, and put on a sweater when it gets cold up here. We also don't subscribe to services we don't need (basic phone and cable plans etc) and any time we can get something for less money, we do. I also just got something in the mail with ideas to save money on banking.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Do you use a phone or have one I should say? I think my biggest bill is cable. I have the cable, phone and internet for $100 for the first year. We're now in the second year and it's now $200. The cable company is very smart. They pull you in and then you're stuck! We're hooked. I need the internet. Your lucky if you dont need it or want it. I mean you can live without it. How do you get internet?
@suzzy3 (8362)
2 Jul 09
We also wear jumpers and socks during the winter months.I also use the micro wave oven as often as I can and no longer leave dinner on top of oven on simmer I cook it ,when it is ready dish it up straight away.Keep all lights off if no one is in the room,we have put energy saving bulbs in all our fittings now.Use a carpet sweeper instead of vaccum cleaner.Use the shower and not fill up a big bath tub.Use up left overs if they are ok of course.I have an eco washing machine which I make sure it full and only use the economy button.All these things help to keep our bills down.You are right about healthy kids we never had all the colds they get these days and we did not have central heating or double glazing.There is on other thing that i have done without being silly I have stopped buying branded grocerys ,buying supermarkets own, I saved a third of my shopping bill.we still eat well just don't have the labels in the cupboard anymore.
• United States
1 Jul 09
Are you in the U.S.? If so, shopping by using sales & coupons is by far my greatest money saver. I save about $500 per month or more each month for my family of 4. I even wrote a book on the subject. The link is on my profile page. I live in a warm climate so we rarely use heat, but we have to run the air conditioner pretty much year round. If we don't keep it around 75-76 degrees, the humidity can cause mold/mildew to grow.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
1 Jul 09
Like you, I believe being practical is the most intelligent way to go. I want to smack people who turn the heat up and get around in a singlet and bare feet when they should be dressing warmly and turning the heat down. They'll be sorry when they are older to find that their skin is all dried out because of the artificial heat. Long showers of pure indulgence are also a criminal offence in my book, as are leaving lights on in rooms which are not in use. They tell me that switching appliances off at the wall when not in use is also a saving so I will be trying that when my next bill comes. I will switch off everything at the wall except the fridge and freezer and they won't be turned on again till I need them next day. I'll be interested to see how much of a difference it makes. Apart from the financial aspect...we are talking about saving our resources. Power does not grow on trees. Even though as a society we are becoming more affluent we need to become more aware of saving our planet...not wasting the resources just because we, personally can afford it.
• United States
27 Jun 09
y'know what? i've given up,myself.all i can hope for is payment arrangements. they keep asking for and getting increases,so even if you save,it ends up costing more than the last month. i am gonna be getting rid of our old 14 gallon toilets here shortly though. it's killing us on the water bill.
@lkumarldh (142)
• India
26 Jun 09
I am a very extravagent person. So i never try to keep my monthlye expenses bills lower. Wehever i start buying things i never see my bills or pocket. I just but whatever i need, i never bother about the monthly expense. I just bother it only i the last days of the months when i left with no money to spend. Whole month i remain a king but in the last week of the month i have to be very consious of my spendings. I have treid to change mt this nature a lot but fails always.
• Hong Kong
26 Jun 09
When I don't use the computer,I will close the computer. And the light too.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jun 09
If I were by myself, I would put a sweater on in winter or open the windows in summer, but my husband thinks we should turn up the heat in winter, and use the air conditioner in summer so I have to do other things. I use those flourescent bulbs, turn the lights off when we are not in the room. We also eat no name instead of brand name, unless the brand name tastes much better. I will buy from the bulk bin rather then from the package section.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I brought those new spira light bulbs and have then in every room in my house even the yard light. I keep my furnace down on 65 in the winter. I have a swamp cooler. I buy items that are on sales at the grocery store and I buy store brand instead of brand name.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I do all kinds of things to keep my bills down also. I turn on fans and don't turn the air conditioning down a whole lot. I leave the lights off if we do not need them on. I use cold water if I can instead of hot. We make one trip to the stores to avoid extra gas and travel. We buy foods that will last that we can afford instead of the higher priced ones occasionally. Those are just a few things.