M is traveling extensively this month, which means I'm flying solo with the kids. A lot. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted! He's back at midnight tonight, & home until 4 am on Tuesday, at which point he's gone until next Friday. But, that should be the end of the traveling for the month. *fingers crossed*.
I'm almost as tired as these little monkeys. Both boys fell asleep in the most awkward positions last year on the way back from skiing. They were clearly exhausted! :-)
In accordance with my plan in December to really dissect our 2013 budget &
areas for cutback, I'm posting about one category per day. So far, I've covered
mortgage interest (and a potential refi), our
grocery budget., dining
activities, gas, & utilities at our vacation house.
Today's topic for
discussion is . . . utilities at our primary residence. I know, the thrills continue. ;-)
We spent an average of $414/month in 2012. I'm not sure how we're going to accomplish this, as I took a new role & lost $40/month in cell phone reimbursement from my employer. But, we'd like to trim this to $400/month. It's not a huge decline, but it will require additional energy savings, & keeping a better eye on cell phone costs, given the cut in reimbursement. I'm sort of at a loss on how else to accomplish the cuts. The cell phone is required for my job, and our other expenses are the typical ones - power, gas, water, trash service, etc. We do have cable, & continually try to negotiate that down. Perhaps I'll do some research about best times to run the laundry, dishwasher, etc & ensure that we're minimizing the costs there.
Questions for you - how is your week going? Are you exhausted yet? :-) And, how do you cut costs on your utility bills? Any tips for me?